New research from a phase 4 review by Griffith University of an in-market weight management program provides evidence that a pharmacy-based program can lead to long-term maintenance of weight loss.
Long-term maintenance of weight loss on the program runs counter to previous evidence that individuals re-gain weight even when on dietary interventions.
The program, developed in collaboration with the CSIRO, combines in-pharmacy support with the CSIRO diet book, meal replacements and a phone support service. Along with assessing weight loss the program takes measures of blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol. Over 60,000 people have started the program since its inception five years ago.
Griffith University’s review covered data collected by pharmacies Australia-wide for the five-year period. In-market reviews are commonly undertaken by the pharmaceutical sector to continue assessing the effect and safety of new interventions.
For those compliant with the program there was an approximate loss of 5% of bodyweight along with reductions

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