Pharmacy weight advice not always accurate

Not all weight loss recommendations provided in Australian community pharmacies are evidence-based, say researchers who are concerned about the level of knowledge displayed by pharmacy staff.

The authors, from Monash University, said the sector needs more training and protocols to ensure the best practice advice and recommendations are provided.    

A total of 537 pharmacists and 403 pharmacy assistants were presented with two of five case studies: a 26 year old borderline healthy woman; a pre-pregnant woman with a BMI OF 33kg/m²; a pregnant woman; a