News and Commentary

N.J. Regulators Take Hard Look At Diet-Pill Mills


New Jersey would become the fourth state to enact regulations governing distribution of weight-loss drugs, if a state Board of Medical Examiners proposal is approved.

The proposal would require that physicians prescribing weight-loss pills embrace a holistic approach to care — take patients' medical histories, check for diabetes and hypertension, give advice about diet and exercise — before prescribing. Physicians would be permitted to write for an initial 30-day supply, but would be unable to authorize refills without a follow-up visit to check progress.

Ohio, Tennessee, and Louisiana now regulate diet-drug distribution. New Jersey's proposed regulations are the only ones based on guidelines developed by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, who treat obesity.

UP NEXT

A blueprint for high-volume, high-quality lung cancer screening that is detecting cancer earlier—and helping to save lives

Clinical Brief

Multiple Sclerosis: New Perspectives on the Patient Journey–2019 Update
Summary of an Actuarial Analysis and Report