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Obesity drug approved as problem grows across the world

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:955
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The National Institute for Clinical Excellence, the government's medicines watchdog, has advised the NHS in England and Wales that the anti-obesity drug, sibutramine (Reductil), should be available on prescription.

    It has recommended that sibutramine be part of an overall treatment plan for obese patients. It should be available for people aged 18-65 years who have made serious attempts to lose weight through dieting, exercise, or other behaviour changes, who have a body mass index (kg/m2) of 27.0 or more and who have other significant diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. It should also be made available for anyone with a body mass index of more than 30.0, …

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