Weight-Loss Interventions for Obesity - Episode 8

How Pharmacists Can Help Patients Remain Adherent to Weight-Loss Medications

Counseling patients, especially on their first fill, can help open up communication and put patients at ease, Jennifer L. Costello, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, ambulatory care clinical pharmacist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, explains.

Letting patients know that they may experience side effects such as gastrointestinal distress may help them stay adherent.

Dr. Costello also advises that acting as a cheerleader for patients and letting them know that pharmacists are available if they have questions can also be beneficial.