Under-18s access anti-obesity drug.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Weight reducing preparations (Laws, regulations and rules)
Weight reducing preparations (Distribution)
Obesity (Demographic aspects)
Obesity (Care and treatment)
School lunches (Laws, regulations and rules)
School lunches (Health aspects)
School lunchrooms, cafeterias, etc. (Laws, regulations and rules)
School lunchrooms, cafeterias, etc. (Health aspects)
Children (Health aspects)
Children (Laws, regulations and rules)
Children (Management)
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 10
Topic: Event Code: 980 Legal issues & crime; 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 690 Goods & services distribution; 200 Management dynamics Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation; 59 Channels of Distribution Computer Subject: Government regulation; Company distribution practices; Company business management
Product: Product Code: 5820500 Educational Food Service NAICS Code: 72231 Food Service Contractors
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 209163247
Full Text: A study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has reported that an estimated 1300 people under the age of 18 have been prescribed the anti-obesity drugs that are only licensed for use in adults.

Unite/CPHVA professional officer Ros Godson stated: 'Any anti-obesity drug is a short-term measure. Support for lifestyle change must be given at the same time and for a long time afterwards as that is the only long-term solution.'

Using data from the UK General Practice Research database, which covers around 5% of the population, the study states that 452 children and adolescents were prescribed orlistat, sibutramine or rimonabant from 1999 and 2006, and prescriptions rose 15-fold over eight years from 0.006 to 0.091 per 1000.

Meanwhile, nutrient-based standards for schools to provide healthy nutritionally balanced lunches, which came into effect for primary schools in England last September, are now being rolled out for all secondary schools in England.

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