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    One-third of prescription diet pill users not obese; one in ten get pills from family and friends

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    Thursday, November 18, 2004 11:16 am Email this article
    One-third of people using prescription diet pills were not obese before taking the pills according to a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1 in 3 also took nonprescription diet products

    “One third of users also reported taking nonprescription diet products,” according to the paper.

    1 in 3 people taking Pondamin (fenfluramine) or Redux (dexfenfluramine) continued taking the pills after the FDA withdrawal

    “Among fenfluramine or dexfenfluramine users, one third continued pill use after the market withdrawal and only one quarter received echocardiogram.”

    1 in 10 got prescription diet pills from family and friends

    One in ten users reported getting their medication from family, friends and other non-physicians.

    Subjects: 16,480 people from six states surveyed in 1998

    The study looked at data from 16,480 people from six states who were surveyed in 1998 in a random telephone survey.


    Blanck H, Khan L, Serdula M. Prescription weight loss pill use among Americans: patterns of pill use and lessons learned from the fen-phen market withdrawal. Prev Med. 2004 Dec, 39(6):1243-48.


    Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA 30341-3717, USA

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