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Q&A: Shortage of weight loss drug Alli to end Q&A: Shortage of weight-loss drug Alli to end

Weight-loss drug Alli to be back

Can you find out why the weight-loss aid Alli has disappeared from stores? They say the maker, GlaxoSmithKline, isn't shipping the product.

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline told CNN recently that the scarcity of Alli is due to a temporary shortage of orlistat (also known as Xenical), the active ingredient in the over-the-counter weight-loss drug.

Company officials said they expected Alli to be back on store shelves sometime this month.

Alli was cleared for distribution in 1999 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and was the last anti-obesity drug approved until late last month, when it approved Lorcaserin, marketed by Belviq and made by Arena Pharmaceuticals.

The FDA and manufacturers urge potential users to see a doctor before using any weight-loss pill.

'Later alligator' was in hit song

What's the origin of the phrase "see you later alligator"?

It is said to have originated as British slang in the 1850s and used sporadically after that. Louisiana singer-songwriter Robert Charles Guidry wrote it as Later Alligator and recorded it under the pseudonym Bobby Charles in 1995.

But its popularity took off in 1956 when U.S. rocker Bill Haley & the Comets covered the song, quickened the pace and retitled it See You Later, Alligator. Decca Records released it. The song was a million-selling single for the group, and it was also used in the 1956 film Rock Around the Clock. The opening lyrics:

Well, I saw my baby walkin'

With another man today

Well, I saw my baby walkin'

With another man today

When I asked her what's the matter

This is what I heard her say

See you later alligator

After 'while crocodile

See you later alligator

After 'while crocodile

Can't you see you're in my way now

Don't you know you cramp my style

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