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Letters Withdrawal of sibutramine

Magic bullets now uncontrolled

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1351
  1. John S Garrow, retired physician1
  1. 1Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 7DQ
  1. johngarrow{at}

    With the loss of sibutramine, Williams advocates surrender because we have only one drug—orlistat—to face the rising tide of obesity.1 He makes no comment on another sinister development. Although prescription drugs are carefully monitored, fraudulent claims for obesity cures are no longer controlled in the UK.

    Before 2008, the …

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