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Dutch doctors face fine for prescribing pregnancy hormone as dieting aid

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 21 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1805
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

Doctors in the Netherlands are facing prosecution if they prescribe a hormone that is produced during pregnancy, human chorionic gonadotropin, as an aid to dieting.

The action is part of a crackdown by Dutch health inspectors against the “use, application, or recommendation” of the hormone as an appetite suppressant amid claims that thousands of such treatments are sold each year through beauty clinics and the internet.

The hormone is prescribed legally (marketed as Pregnyl) to promote fertility in women. However, a dieting treatment known as Simeons’ therapy involves daily injections of the hormone. Pregnyl is not registered for use in dieting, …

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