GP defends issuing weight-loss script over the phone

A GP working for a weight-loss company accused of being “shonky” has defended prescribing an unregistered appetite suppressant in a phone call with an obese patient she had never met.

Dr Jacqueline Forrester works for the Medical Weightloss Institute (MWI), the company which this month was given a Shonky award by consumer group Choice.

Her patient, a 63-year-old Canberra woman weighing 93kg, had paid a 50% deposit for a $5,400 “bespoke medical treatment plan” in the hope she could lose 30kg.

A blood test was carried out on the woman,

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