Lloydspharmacy chief urges weight loss pills must be sold with
on: April 24, 2009, 5:35 am
Lloydspharmacy has warned customers
that the weight loss treatment alli, which can now be sold in
pharmacies without a prescription must be supplied only after
a proper consultation, fearing that people may take it even though
it’s not clinically appropriate for them to do so.
Murdock, Pharmacy Relations and Governance Director of Lloydspharmacy,
said: "It's important that all sectors of the pharmacy profession
uphold the very highest clinical standards when providing this
treatment," he said. "A number of GPs have said they
are worried that alli
weight loss treatment may be sold to people for whom it is
am calling on all colleagues to maintain the very highest standards
when the service begins tomorrow and not to let the desire to
please the customer override clinical considerations."
has trained more than 3,000 pharmacists and healthcare assistants
to sell the treatment.
can help people who are overweight to boost their weight loss
by up to 50 per cent. So, for every 2lbs of weight lost through
their own efforts, alli can help shed a further 1lb.
it is only appropriate for people who have a BMI of 28 or over
and should only be sold to people who are happy to lose weight
gradually, are ready to adopt a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet
and eat smaller portions.
who are on certain medications*
should be referred to their GP and there are some important contra-indications**.
Chris Steele, who is famous for helping a 'This Morning' viewer
lose 30 stones, said: "alli is a proven weight loss treatment
and I am pleased that it's now available over the counter in pharmacies.
It's good to see that responsible pharmacy groups like Lloydspharmacy
have trained their staff thoroughly so that the treatment is only
sold to people for whom it's appropriate."
contains Orlistat, which has been available on prescription
marketed as Xenical at 120mg for over 10 years. It helps to prevent
the absorption of fat and allows excess fat from food consumed
to pass naturally through the body.
customers who want to buy alli should have a proper private consultation
with a pharmacy professional who has been trained to advise customers
about the treatment," added Murdock. "They should be
given a record card with the first
purchase and present this each time they buy further courses."
is not a miracle cure for obesity," said Andy Murdock. "For
people who are committed to losing weight and who are prepared
to make the appropriate lifestyle changes, alli can provide a
very significant additional benefit, but it's not a magic bullet."
* Amidorane, Acarbose, Fat soluble vitamins
** anti-coagulants, ciclosporin. Also, alli should not be sold
to anyone under 18 or to pregnant or breast feeding women
Lloydspharmacy has around 1700 pharmacies across the UK. These
are based predominantly in community and health centre locations.
The company employs over 16,000 staff and dispenses over 145 million
prescription items annually.
which is a community pharmacy has primary care at the heart of
its business. This is why it has launched a range of products
aimed at improving community health such as affordable blood pressure
monitors and allergy relievers, as well as a suite of convenient
professional health check services including free blood pressure
and diabetes testing, and cholesterol and heart checks in the
comfort of a private consultation room.
is the trading name of Lloydspharmacy Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Celesio AG based in Stuttgart. Celesio is the leading pharmaceutical
distribution company in Europe and is represented in 16 countries.
With its three divisions, Celesio Wholesale, Celesio Pharmacies
and Celesio Solutions, the group covers the entire scope of pharmaceutical
trade and pharmaceutical-related services.
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