According to new research, fat blocker, Xenical has been allegedly linked to aberrant crypt foci (ACF), the earliest sign of colon cancer. During initial clinical trials, Xenical also showed an increased risk of breast cancer and vitamin deficiency.
Xenical (orlistat) is a pharmaceutical drug used to help obese or overweight adults and children lose weight by blocking and preventing fatty food from being digested. Xenical is prescribed to patients with a body mass index of 27 or more. Essentially, it blocks one-third of the fat from being absorbed into the body.
Roche Pharmaceuticals produces the prescription drug Xenical and GlaxoSmithKline just received FDA approval for an over-the-counter version, Alli. Consumer groups are trying to have the obesity drug recalled due to dangerous health risks.