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News story:  An anticipated Xenical shortage has left many pharmacies up and down the country unable to dispense prescriptions.

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Earlier this month Roche advised of a supply constraint and the intermittent availability of Xenical orlistat 120mg. Pharmaceutical giant issued a statement saying: "We are now facing a shortage of Xenical in the UK as a result of manufacturing issues. The issue will hopefully be resolved over the next couple of weeks."

Many pharmacies have exhausted the supplies and pharmaceutical wholesalers are unable to provide enough packets to satisfy demand for the drug. Xenical is currently the only prescription medication available in the UK, so the manufacturing issue will have a big impact on patients using it as part of their wider weight loss programme.

It is not certain exactly when Roche will be able to resume production, however patients should be aware that generic equivalents are available. Teva, has obtained a licence allowing it to produce and sell orlistat 120mg capsules in the UK. Due to the Xenical shortfall, demand for the Teva-made generic product is extremely high, so patients may still have a wait on their hands.

MyOnline Doctor advises that weight loss patients continue to follow a low-fat calorie-controlled diet. If you are unable to get hold of your usual prescription, do not despair. Hopefully in the time you have been taking Xenical you will have taken further steps to aid weight loss, such as changes in what you eat and the amount of exercise you do. As orlistat is a fat-blocker you may want to consider restricting fats in your diet as much as possible in order to make up for not being able to take the drug. This will involve a fair amount of organisation as you will need to prepare all your meals from scratch (that is exclude all pre-prepared meals from your diet), and check the product information printed on any packets of food you buy.

Posted in Weight Loss News by James Kirby, MyOnlineDoctor. Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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