Alli- the new FDA approved weight loss medication, is a low dose version of prescription Orlistat.
Have you noticed how many FDA approved prescriptions have gone over the counter?
Prilosec, Zantac, Pepcid, Claritin, Mucinex, Alli- just to name a few.
I think it's good that if a medication proves to be safe and effective, consumers can get them without a prescription and without having their insurance pay. It saves the system money while still helping the patient get the care they need. The only real drawback is that people think that the Over-the-counter medications are somehow now "less strong". Alli is less strong that Orlistat because it has fewer milligrams per dose.
Don't forget to stay near a restroom with Alli