Weight-loss script decision hands GP a legal headache


A patient has an acute psychotic episode after taking weight-loss medication. He sues his GP for negligence, but time is not on his side. Dr Craig Lilienthal weighs up this medicolegal case

A 40-year-old, 110kg man presented to a GP complaining of weight gain. He had been taking an SSRI for some years but was no longer feeling depressed. He denied any comorbidity.

The GP provided advice about the role of SSRIs in weight gain. As the patient was no longer depressed, the GP weaned him off the SSRI and