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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Today's Globe: DSS dropped probe, psychiatrist stops seeing patients, new diet pill

The state Department of Social Services received a report raising concerns about whether 4-year-old Rebecca Riley was taking too many powerful prescription drugs last summer, but dropped the issue after receiving assurances from her mother and doctors that the treatment was appropriate. Her psychiatrist, Dr. Kayoko Kifuji, has agreed to halt her medical practice while the state invesigates her role in the child's death.

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved the first diet pill for sale without a prescription in a marketplace dominated by unregulated over-the-counter supplements that promise weight loss. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare expects to begin selling the drug, known as Alli, as early as this summer for about 60 cents per dose.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:17 AM
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