Orlistat (P medicine) 

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This guide covers considerations before supplying orlistat 60 mg capsules over the counter (OTC), within its marketing authorisation to aid weight loss. 

It provides information on the considerations around supply of orlistat, so you can be satisfied that the supply will be clinically suitable and used responsibly and appropriately.

It also includes advice on how pharmacists can support with weight loss, including advising on diet and exercise, promoting a healthy lifestyle, highlighting the benefits of weight loss and offering diagnostic screening to people, where appropriate. Further details can be found in the products individual Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC)

Orlistat 60 mg capsules are licensed as a pharmacy (P) medicine and available OTC.

Updated: 28 July 2023

Sections on this page

  • Orlistat
  • Decision-making process for supply
  • Quantity to supply and repeat requests
  • Supply to the person’s representative
  • Counselling
  • Record keeping
  • Summary of product information
  • Practical advice
  • Confidence in consultation skills
  • Further information

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