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Heart Health

27 September 2010

Weight loss: pharmacists can help

Pharmacists can help customers seeking treatment for obesity by assessing all aspects of their health and lifestyle, including their medication, a pharmacy conference has heard.

Pharmacists faced with customers wanting treatment for obesity had to take an holistic approach and assess all aspects of a patient’s health and lifestyle, including the medication they were taking, Johannesburg cardiologist Dr Jeff King told a pharmacy conference in Durban last week.

However, some weight loss medication could interact with a patient’s existing medication and it was up to the pharmacist to assess every aspect of a person’s life before giving advice or dispensing weight loss medication.

 

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