Thursday, February 24, 2011

I don't like "requested" prescriptions

About 10 or so years ago, when Orlistat first came out in the Philippine market (the first brand being Xenical), it was by prescription only. Some of my relatives want me to prescribe for them, and for their friends besides. I'm ok with them coz I see them, what I'm not ok with is prescribing for people I haven't seen at all. Sigh.

Well, Orlistat has since become an OTC drug. Here in the Philippines, the same strength that used to be prescription only no longer needs a prescription. I wonder how the pharmaceuticals managed to do that, but I am glad that I am no longer obligated to provide prescriptions for my relatives and their contacts. I'm very afraid that the medical license I worked so hard for might be in jeopardy for such "requested" prescriptions, so having that out of the way is such a relief.

In the US, I believe they came out with a lower strength orlistat now popularly know by its brand name Alli. This one needs no prescription so I guess it boosted the sales of the pharmaceuticals as many people want to lose weight. Now, is alli effective, especially since it is lower dosed than Xenical? I'm afraid I do not have much data on these, especially since the one marketed in the Philippines is still Xenical and Alli does not seem to be available.

But like I said, I'm glad I'm no longer obligated to give prescriptions for people who want an easy way of losing weight.