The start of summer is still two weeks away, but it's just 9 days until the new weight-loss drug Alli hits pharmacists' shelves! And as writer Gillian Reagan reports in today's New York Observer, Alli's manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, seems to have a soft spot for... pizza. (Who doesn't?) Not only are company's marketers distributing fake pizza boxes with plastic pedometers to lure in customers, they want everyone to know that Alli's ickiest side effect (anal leakage!) is similar to what you'd find at your local pie shop:
"The excess fat that passes out of your body isn't harmful, but you should be prepared for the possibility of it happening," cautioned a book, Are You Losing It?, that GlaxoSmithKline was distributing, Dianetics-like, at the pavilion. "In fact, you may recognize it as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza."