Weight loss clinic urged patients to bypass GPs

A controversial weight loss institute, prescribing dubious off-label medications, has been warning patients it would be “fraught with danger” to discuss the treatment with their GP.

The treatment program at the Medical Weightloss Institute (MWI) included the prescription of metformin and caffeine, which caused an elderly patient to suffer insomnia, blurred vision and vomiting, according to an investigation by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).

The institute claimed its treatment plans, with medications prescribed by doctors over the telephone and