NP's working in weightloss clinic

  1. I am a brand new NP, and just passed my boards. I got my first job in a weightloss clinic. I have to prescribe phendimetrazine or Phentermine to patients who qualify medically. I am scared that I will get flagged by DEA doing this type of job. Has anyone gotten any experience working as an NP in a weightloss clincic what are the risk and what should I be looking out for?
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    About DeeNP2017

    Joined: May '18; Posts: 2
    from MA , US

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  3. by   djmatte
    The only thing you have to fear is if you're doing something unethical.
  4. by   DeeNP2017
    Thank you for your comment; i usually use up to date for prescribing so that i am using the standard of care and evidence based practice. And i follow the nursing code of ethics.
  5. by   BostonFNP
    If you are prescribing appropriately you have nothing to fear especially if you are prescribing on-label.

    If this is a shady weight loss clinic using abnormally large doses, clearly off-label medications without supporting literature, or prescribing to people who do not qualify medically...
  6. by   Jules A
    Quote from BostonFNP
    If you are prescribing appropriately you have nothing to fear especially if you are prescribing on-label.

    If this is a shady weight loss clinic using abnormally large doses, clearly off-label medications without supporting literature, or prescribing to people who do not qualify medically...
    Excellent advice although that entire specialty raises red flags for me. Is there actually research that supports the health risks vs benefits and results in long term improvement?
  7. by   BostonFNP
    Quote from Jules A
    Excellent advice although that entire specialty raises red flags for me. Is there actually research that supports the health risks vs benefits and results in long term improvement?
    I think the majority of that specialty falls into shades of sketch.

    I have never seen good outcomes data on pure pharmacotherapy for the long-term. Ironically the best weight-loss meds we have now are diabetes meds and it won't be long before we see most of them being used off-label I bet (some are already on-label at different doses).

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