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Diet Clinic Goes Out of Business

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RALEIGH — When two diet drugs went off the market after studies showed they couldcause serious heart damage, one Raleigh diet clinic that specialized inprescribing those drugs said it's out of business.

The Lifestyles Personal Weight Management Clinic off Millbrook Roadspecialized in creating weight loss plans using the two drugs the FDAissued national warnings about Monday, Phen-fen and Redux.

About 50 clients were still on programs that they had already paid for. Aquick exit by owners has some customers wondering whether their wallets will now be slimmer.

Employees of the diet center in North Raleigh were told Tuesday afternoonthat instead of continuing to help people lose weight, they'd be losingtheir jobs.

Debbie Lamm, store manager, said the owner came to the center and said itwould have to close.

The owner, John Fore, wouldn't comment about packing up and moving out. He just left a sign on the door with a contact, Bruce Johnson in WinstonSalem and a P.O. Box number.

WRAL's Bret Baier calledWinston-Salem directory assistance and found there was only one BruceJohnson in the Winston-Salem area. He is a construction worker who said hehas never heard of Lifestyles Personal Weight Management.

Lamm has worked at the center for a year and a half and said she has neverheard of a Bruce Johnson.

The sign left by Fore is the only recourse for clients who still havemoney invested in weight-loss programs there. Baier managed to contact oneof those clients by phone Tuesday night.

Lamm said she is concerned about the clients.

Lamm said she plans to sit at the store as long as she can Wednesday totell the clients the news. Lamm had hoped despite the FDA warnings, tokeep weight-loss programs going at Lifestyles with the drugs that areaccepted and with exercise and a diet plan.