Pharmacists trained as anti-obesity drug goes on sale

Over 7,000 pharmacists across the UK are to be trained to help offer advice to patients who are interested in taking the anti-obesity drug alli.

Pharmacists will be offered a comprehensive training programme, which will include interactive workshops and online distance learning.

Alli, the first weight-loss drug to be sold without a prescription, goes on sale today, costing £32 for a two-week supply.

The drug, which contains orlistat 60mg, is not designed to be a ‘magic pill’ to cure obesity, but should be used as a weight loss aid for adults who are overweight with a BMI of 28 or more.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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