Save the Ireland healthcare service? Pharmacy can.

The Ireland healthcare service is in turmoil.

It seems there isn’t a day that goes by without headlines reporting on a failing Ireland healthcare service. Recruitment issues and limited bed capacity in secondary care are once again taking the brunt of the anger.

Emily O’Conor in the Irish Times has written an impassioned article titled:

Emergency staff work hard enough – it’s the system that’s not working
Government needs to focus on recruitment and bed capacity to solve crisis

Healthcare services are stretched throughout the world, Ireland being no different. The systems in place just cannot cope with the demand. From consultants to the pharmacy counter assistant, work is being carried out each day and to the best of their ability even in the face of higher demands. The treatment of ill health is putting immense pressures on frontline staff, stretching the workforce to breaking point.


Ireland Healthcare service demand is immense

The demand for treating more complex medical conditions is forever rising as our knowledge and technology improves. The supply of money to fund such services is perpetually tight and the problems only seem to be worsening.

The first National Patient Experience Survey for Ireland took place in May 2017. The survey results did not paint a rosy picture; just over half of the respondents reported a very good overall experience.

If we all value our healthcare services and wish or expect a very good overall experience, we must do something to help relieve some of the pressure.

Taking more personal responsibility can truly help to lessen the demand on the Ireland healthcare service.

Let us all be more ambitious from consultants, GPs and pharmacists. From the public as a whole, we can all do more. Don’t settle for mediocrity!

Taking responsibility through maintaining a healthier lifestyle, will reduce the healthcare demand and save money. Lots of it.

Stop smoking advice is now thankfully embedded in our psyche. We are also generally aware of the need to reduce our intake of alcohol, fat and salt. Losing excess weight is just as critical.

It is troubling that weight loss advice given by healthcare professionals can be muddled and of poor quality. Often linked to the same addictive pathways as smoking, food is a vice that needs controlling effectively using proven scientific methods and not those found at the back of Sunday magazines.

It is a terrible shame that effective weight management is still not taken as seriously as stopping smoking when we know how strongly obesity is linked to ill health and especially type 2 diabetes.

Pharmacy is already offering an effective solution; Lipotrim.

The Lipotrim pharmacy weight management programme has been available throughout Ireland for many years without needing to re-brand or re-formulate.

Lipotrim works and the wealth of data collected proves it.

Interested pharmacies can open a Lipotrim account within hours.

Newly emerging weight management programmes, reporting to be Lipotrim or “Lipotrim re-branded” are false and are a mis-representation.

Lipotrim delivers predictable, healthy and rapid weight losses whilst addressing the critical issues that surround successful dieting, namely reduced hunger levels and maintaining nutritional completeness. Under the supervision of the pharmacist, any medical issues that arise, can be dealt with immediately and professionally, liaising with other healthcare professionals where necessary.

Lipotrim doesn’t cost the health service a penny since it is funded entirely by the patients themselves. In fact, the savings made through fewer patients suffering from type 2 diabetes (diabetic remission can occur within days), high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease as a consequence of losing weight could easily stretch to millions of Euros.

It is important to note that 60% of adults in Ireland are either overweight or obese. It is therefore statistically likely that many of you reading this; a healthcare professional, pharmacist, member of the public and your friends and family are all in a position to take up this call for change.

Lose weight and make your precious Ireland health service a much better place to go when you really need it.

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VLCDs compared – Lipotrim, NewWeigh & other VLCDs

At long last there is growing recognition of the medical value of Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) and their approach to weight loss.  Pioneered in Ireland by Lipotrim, there are now other VLCD entrants attempting to capitalise on the experience, know-how and scientific expertise associated with the Lipotrim programme. 

Glossy packaging and excessive variety of some VLCDs should not be a substitute for an understanding that the composition of the diet formula is critical to a safe and effective outcome. 


Everyone, including healthcare professionals need to be aware.

Lipotrim vs other VLCDs including as NewWeigh, Nupo, Extante, etc.


Lipotrim has a long history and evidence of diet success in Ireland. With the emergence of other Very Low Calorie Diets in Ireland, most notably NewWeigh, many questions have arisen.

We are often asked on our Lipotrim helpline (Tel: 015255636):

“Is NewWeigh the same as Lipotrim?”

“What makes Lipotrim so much better than other diets?”.


The simple answer to the first question is NO.


Lipotrim is not NewWeigh

Lipotrim has NOT been re-branded nor re-formulated


The second frequently asked question takes a little more explanation…..

What is a VLCD?

A patient looking like asking a question about whether Lipotrim is the same as other VLCDs

The National Obesity Forum defines VLCDs as being:


“designed to completely replace usual food intake. By definition a diet is described as very low calorie if it provides less than 800 kcal per day.”


The concept of a very low calorie diet does not include any indication of composition and therefore safety or overall effectiveness. Diets often claim to be identical and deliver the same weight losses, yet a plain water fast could be considered a VLCD. It would not support life and health for very long and is therefore quite rightly strongly discouraged.

What is Lipotrim?


Firstly, it is important to highlight the brand awareness and long history the Lipotrim programme has established in Ireland.


Patients want “Lipotrim” because they trust the Lipotrim brand. They often have a positive past experience of diet success with Lipotrim. This alone is a very valuable asset and unique selling point if you are a pharmacy offering weight management support to your patients.

Lipotrim Ireland weight management programme

Lipotrim is a total food replacement VLCD programme. It is essentially a nutrient complete enteral feed.  A rate of weight loss, predictably around one stone per month is aided by the programme inducing a mild dietary ketosis over the duration of the weight loss phase. The inducing of ketosis is valuable and is now increasingly recognised as medically important for benefitting a number of serious medical conditions including Type 2 Diabetes.


Normal food consumption must be replaced by nutrient complete formula foods. During the first few days ketones are absent or at very low levels. It is after this initial utilization of blood glucose and the body’s glycogen stores that the predictable mild dietary ketosis becomes measurable, usually from day 3 or 4 onwards.  It is then that fat stores are used for energy and the real weight loss begins.


Prolonged dieting is made possible by the physiological conditions that favour the production of ketones. Ketosis is associated with the blunting of hunger levels and rapid weight loss whilst maintaining comfort. Ketones are likely to be lost by any deviation from the programme however small, and at any time. The result of any noncompliance can be an immediate reintroduction of glycogen reserves leading to a loss of ketones. A loss of ketones is often quickly followed by the patient deciding to cease dieting.


It can be said here that many VLCDs attempt to replicate this methodology, without really understanding it. It is not about shoving some vitamins into a sachet and blindly following advice from an unreliable authority.

How many calories do we actually need each day?


The calories we need are those we use.


If you are overweight, you are storing a massive excess of calories, just under 50,000 Calories for each excess stone of weight. The purpose of a diet is to use up these calories, not add many more.


The notion that there is some major need for an elevated calorie intake daily, is due to the recognition that consuming 1200 calories of normal un-supplemented foods is nutrient deficient and could cause illness.  Lipotrim is nutrient complete and therefore there is no need for large numbers of daily calories.


The permitted quantity of Lipotrim formulas contain around 450 calories for females and 600 calories for males per day. The value of calories is simply derived from the essential nutrients required for health, (essential protein and essential fats) making Lipotrim nutritionally complete at the minimum safe number of calories possible.


The purpose of a diet is for the body to use its excess stored caloriesfrom stored body fat.


Other VLCDs often contain as many as 800 calories per day and are missing the point.


There is no benefit to other diets with additional dietary calories.


It is concerning that diets containing unnecessary additional calories may even, depending on the source, cause considerable detriment.


The protein intake on the Lipotrim programme is 45g per day for females and 55.1g per day for males which are enough to support nutritional requirements.


Adding extra protein will not enhance ketosis nor improve the safety or rate of weight loss.


When we gain weight, we do not exclusively store fat. Weight gain also comprises extra skin and other tissues to support the excess body weight. A diet should be designed to restore normal body composition after weight loss. Excessive amounts of protein in a VLCD can lead to the retention of the excess loose skin etc which is quite undesirable.


Why would the body utilise the excess skin if there is a more readily available high protein intake?


We have already discussed any deviation from Lipotrim can cause a blunting of ketosis, leading to increased hunger, decreased comfort levels and risking diet failure. An 800 calorie VLCD, with additional nutrition (whether protein or fats) on top of the minimum required to maintain a healthy status, is therefore likely to also result in this ketone blunting effect.


There is evidence that increased levels of fats in the diet, even in the form of extra omega-3, can have a negative cardiovascular effect.


Body fat (stored as triglycerides) is converted to ketones and fatty acids each and every day when losing real weight with a VLCD. It is the ketones which fuel the body. Current research indicates that essential fatty acids are released preferentially into the blood stream therefore making additional fatty acids in the diet unnecessary and possibly dangerous.


Why is the pharmacy Lipotrim programme monitored only by healthcare professionals?


The medical world understands VLCDs should be delivered by suitably trained healthcare professionals and for a good reason:


Real weight loss is not benign. 


Weight loss affects many drugs and medical conditions.  When weight loss is real, a knowledgeable professional needs to be involved.


Lipotrim has the experience and long-term evidence necessary to fully support pharmacists and other healthcare professionals offering VLCDs.


Having worked in the weight management field for over 30 years, Lipotrim has amassed deep knowledge on the positive effect weight loss has on major medical conditions and diseases.


Patients and pharmacists alike can only benefit from the vast amount of data Lipotrim has accumulated over the decades. Newly emerging VLCDs do not have such credentials or evidence, especially those VLCDs operating without the direct supervision of a healthcare professional.


It is clear that Lipotrim is not the same as other VLCDs like NewWeigh, despite any claims to be Lipotrim rebranded.


Our opinion is that the Lipotrim programme offers patients the opportunity to lose weight as safely as possible using the direct expertise of a healthcare professional.

By offering Lipotrim, both the pharmacy and patient are ultimately supported fully by a leading authority on weight management.


Lipotrim Ireland pharmacy weight management programme - contact us - Lipotrim Maintenance Programme

By using Lipotrim’s nutrient complete formula with its essential nutritional composition, the levels of ketosis, hunger, comfort and rate of weight loss are optimized.

Alternative formulations are at best unwise.

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Lipotrim Ireland diet poem – NewWeigh is not Lipotrim

NewWeigh is NOT Lipotrim

Maintenance bars have NOT gone away

Lipotrim is here to stay

Not reformulated or using any other name

Ask for Lipotrim, other diets are not the same

Lipotrim is here, a diet fix

Call Ireland 01525563 6


If you have been told NewWeigh is the new Lipotrim please read this . Lipotrim is and always will be Lipotrim.

Lipotrim has not been reformulated nor re-named or re-branded. Please help us spread this message far and wide.

If you have any questions or concerns about Lipotrim, the programme or how to find a Lipotrim pharmacy in Ireland please call our helpline on 015255636 or use our Contact us page

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Type 2 diabetes remission with weight loss

Are you suffering from type 2 diabetes?

If you do suffer from type 2 diabetes, you are likely to be either overweight or obese. This means your Body Mass Index (BMI) will likely be above BMI 25 and if you are obese it will be above BMI 30. It is essential not only to the health of the individual, but also to the health of the nation, that we all live healthier lifestyles and above all stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake and lose any excess body weight.

Weight loss alone can force diabetes into remission. Please take the time to read our page on type 2 diabetes and how each of us, whether we are an individual who is overweight or a healthcare professional, pharmacist, nurse or doctor, can use the Lipotrim pharmacy weight management programme to improve health.

Read the article here:

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Lipotrim Delivery services Christmas & New Year 2017

One last thing. Christmas Deliveries….

Lipotrim Total food replacement orders (do not leave to the last minute):

Please call us to order by 3pm on 20th Dec 2017 to receive your order before 25th December. Orders placed before 3pm on 21st & 22nd Dec may not arrive until 27th or 28th Dec 2017.

Orders placed before 3pm on 27th & 28th Dec 2017 should arrive next day but this is not guaranteed.

Lipotrim maintenance formula & Caramel flavoured bar orders:

Please use our online shop to place your orders for the Maintenance formulas & Caramel flavoured bars.

Don’t forget to add any valid discount coupon codes (HINT: visit & follow our social media channels).

Orders will be sent by express delivery over the Christmas period when the shipping department is open.

Shipping closed 23/12/17 to 26/12/17 incl and 29/12/17 to 01/01/18 incl.

Normal Lipotrim delivery services will resume January 2nd 2018.

Thank you for your custom over 2017 and we at Lipotrim are looking forward to helping you, and many more people, lose weight and help maintain your weight using the Lipotrim pharmacy weight management programme in 2018.

Merry Christmas and have a very Happy New Year!!

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Christmas & New Year Delivery schedule 2017/18

Total food replacement orders:

Please do not leave to the last minute

Please call us on 01525 5636 by 3pm on 20th Dec 2017 to book your delivery and receive your order before 25th December.

Orders placed before 3pm on 21st & 22nd Dec may not arrive until 27th or 28th Dec 2017.

Orders placed before 3pm on 27th & 28th Dec 2017 should arrive next day but this is not guaranteed.

Lipotrim maintenance formula & Caramel flavoured bar orders:

Please use our online shop to place your orders for the Maintenance formulas & Caramel flavoured bars.

Orders will be sent by express delivery over the Christmas period when the shipping department is open.

Shipping closed 23/12/17 to 26/12/17 incl and 29/12/17 to 01/01/18 incl.

Normal Lipotrim ordering and delivery services will resume January 2nd 2018.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Lipotrim

Merry Christmas from Lipotrim. Revised delivery for your info

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Best way to lose weight. Most advice is Fake News

The best way to lose significant weight is by very low calorie diets (VLCDs). VLCDs have made many important contributions to the field of medicine through the prevention and treatment of obesity. They have repeatedly been shown to be as effective as bariatric surgery for weight loss and without the huge cost and serious risks any surgery brings. Another benefit is that VLCDs do not cause the addiction transfer, often seen after bariatric surgery.

VLCDs have a proven record for superior weight maintenance post weight loss when compared to traditional diet methods.

Excess body weight is reported daily to be one of the most pernicious factors causing serious diseases and death throughout the developed world. The rest of the world is catching up fast.

In Ireland alone, type 2 diabetes is taking around 10% of the entire healthcare budget. In England the percentage cost is similar, with the NHS said to be spending more than a million pounds an hour treating type 2 diabetes, a disease almost universally due to excess weight. Many of the diseases that spring to mind can at least be part attributed to lifestyle and weight issues.

Very low calorie diets are safe, very effective and well used by millions of people over many decades. Evidence on the successful treatment of type 2 diabetes, for example, using the VLCD-like “Skimmed milk treatment” can even be found dating back to 1871.

It has come to light that the bodies responsible for dictating the composition of VLCDs in the European Union are looking into the need to:

  1. Adding more linoleic acid (Omega-6) and linolenic acid (Omega-3) – essential fatty acids
  2. Increasing the amount of protein
  3. Increasing the calorie count

These “recommendations” are only at the discussion stage and HAVE NOT been incorporated into the current legislation covering VLCDs. Any “fake news” on this subject in the Republic of Ireland is just that.

What are the issues if the composition is changed?

The overall issue is the possible reclassification of all VLCDs. If these changes are made then the VLCDs will cease to exist simply from the composition change. Worryingly these changes will have an impact on the risk of harm.

Promoters of traditional dieting methods often brag about the 7 pounds of weight lost in the first week and are oblivious to this weight loss being almost entirely due to water loss. It is from stored glycogen and its associated water that accounts for the fantastic initial weight loss when dieting with almost no fat loss at all. Since very little fat has been lost, reintroduction of normal eating will just replace the lost glycogen and water.

True weight loss must include fat loss and it is a ketogenic very low calorie diet, such as Lipotrim, that can actually achieve real fat loss and significant weight losses. Dieters using a VLCD are releasing fat from their fat storage sites, so the last thing they need is an additional intake of dietary fat. There are a plethora of publications attesting to the fact that not only stored fat is released into the blood, as fatty acids, but there is a selective release of the very fatty acids being considered as a possible additional diet component. True weight loss occurs when the body is forced to draw on its reserve calories to fuel itself, and the release of these essential fatty acids follows this pattern.

Restrict calories and the body supplies calories.Restrict fat (through overall calorie intake) and the body supplies the essential fatty acids deemed essential for health.

The addition of extra Linoleic and Linolenic acids to a VLCD will not only add unnecessary calories, slowing the rate of weight loss, but alarmingly there is evidence that too high blood fatty acids can lead to arrhythmias.

Differential mobilization of fatty acids from adipose tissue’ William E. Connor,Z Don S. Lin, and Christine Colvis (1) is an excellent study with an extensive list of references.

To make matters even worse there is emerging evidence that Linoleic acid is highly obesogenic and diabetogenic.

These are precisely the wrong substances to add to a weight loss programme that already delivers proven safe weight loss.

What about extra protein?

The high protein diets are currently trendy but you have probably seen the horrific tabloid pictures showing the huge amount of excess skin left behind after a large weight loss with a high protein diet. The pictures are real!

The specially formulated VLCDs work against this problem of excessive loose skin.

Additional protein will just increase the risk of this unwanted and unnecessary outcome.

Skin after best way to lose weight

Too much protein in the diet has several undesired outcomes. Firstly, the body does not have the ability to store excess protein and converts any excess into carbohydrate. This is not very useful when dieting because any excess protein, when converted to carbohydrate, narrows the calorie gap, interferes with the ketosis that is blunting the hunger, slows the rate of weight loss even leading to dieting failure.

Excess dietary protein is the main cause of the leftover loose skin.  When you put on weight, you put fat into your fat cells, but your body has to account for a larger size body.  You put on extra skin, you need additional blood, your bones and muscles have to cope with additional weight and so on.  When you lose weight, you really want to restore your body to normal.  You need to let your body use the excess protein from resorbing the extra skin.  If you add extra dietary protein, there is no need for the body to resorb the extra skin, so it remains. 

A very unpleasant outcome. Adding extra protein is not the best way to lose weight.

So finally we get to the addition of extra calories as a possible option for the composition of VLCDs.

We have already mentioned in the first two points that the addition of extra fatty acids or protein will mean an addition of unwanted and unnecessary calories. Why on earth would a dieter want extra calories when the reason to lose weight is that extra calories are being carried around on the body day in day out.

Calories come from burning fuel, which in this case is food.

The best way to lose weight is to reduce the amount of fuel not increase it. The reason for eating is to get the essential nutrients to maintain health. The VLCDs in their current form already provide the essential nutrients.

With the evidence now showing essential fatty acids are released into the bloodstream when on a VLCD, any source of additional fuel, whether calories from fatty acids, protein or carbohydrate, is unwanted, foolish and possibly dangerous. 

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National obesity treatment programme

The National obesity treatment programme is born in response to Ireland having one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe. There is no sign of improvement in the near future and the resulting wave of chronic diseases caused by or made worse by obesity, such as heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes, will further burden the healthcare bill, which is already under great pressure.

Obesity in Ireland is costing the country

Costs for treating obesity in Ireland is currently estimated at €0.4 billion (Irish Heart Foundation Obesity Fact Sheet) and according to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, this is far off the mark with four out of five of the over-50s in Ireland being either overweight or obese. The actual cost of treating the direct and indirect effects of obesity, according to the Department of Health is €1.13 Billion. 

The National Obesity treatment programme - a solution to Ireland's obesity levels?

Something obviously needs to be done, and calls have been made from The Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism to introduce a national obesity treatment programme, as reported in RTE News.

There seems to be a collective governmental push across Europe to tackle the rising obesity levels by using a multidisciplinary national obesity treatment programme that includes a mixture of diet, exercise, weight loss medicine, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and surgery. If only there was some convincing evidence that any of these approaches was really effective. Most overweight people have already tried these treatments without much sustained benefit.

The UK is currently in the process of launching their own National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) which aims to tackle the prevention and treatment of obesity related type 2 diabetes. The UK National obesity treatment programme may also be less than effective.

The similarities of the Ireland Department of Health's; National obesity treatment programme policy document, A Healthy Weight for Ireland, Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025 and the UK NDPP is stark. The claims made by obesity experts seem dubious yet again. They simply re-state the mantra of eat less and exercise more, blaming the overweight person for being gluttonous and lazy.

Ireland National obesity treatment programme background evidence - lipotrim

Professor Francis Finucane, Consultant in Obesity and Endocrinology, Galway University Hospital, said in the RTE article dedicated obesity treatment programmes help patients lose 10% or more body weight. This may occasionally be true, especially when the treatment includes bariatric surgery, but evidence for widespread treatment success this high is quite sparse.

The evidence used in developing the UK National Diabetes Prevention Programme demonstrated this is unlikely if lifestyle based interventions are used. Assessment of similar programmes from across the world showed an insignificant decrease in weight of 1.57% at 12 to 18 months when compared with "usual care". The effect on diabetes was also far less than you would expect. The claimed 26% reduction of diabetes incidence is questionable since results after surgery are not much higher.

Bariatric surgery, often hailed as the ultimate solution to obesity and type 2 diabetes, has a poor record when it comes to weight management success. The only surgical method that is reported to have reasonable benefit to diabetes appears to be bypass.

Effect of the definition of type II diabetes remission in the evaluation of bariatric surgery for metabolic disorders D. J. Pournaras et al.

British Journal of Surgery Volume 99Issue 1pages 100–103January 2012


1006 patients underwent surgery, of whom 209 had type II diabetes.

  • 72 of 209 (34·4%) patients had complete remission of diabetes.
  • 65 of 160 (40·6%) after gastric bypass,
  • 5 of 19 (26%) after sleeve gastrectomy
  • 2 of 30 (7%) after gastric banding

In this study of 209 type 2 diabetics who underwent bariatric surgery, only 34.4% had complete diabetic remission.

It concluded that "Focusing on improved glycaemic control rather than remission may better reflect the benefit of this type of surgery".

So yet again the focus of these national programmes seem to move quickly towards bariatric surgery, with obesity experts claiming a possible €56m saving in medication costs over the past ten years. The figures were based on doing a minimum of 400 operations a year on patients with obesity and difficult to control diabetes.

Where do we get the money and the surgeons to carry out the operations? With 1 million Irish adults being overweight or obese, this level of intervention will not make a dent in the obesity problem in Ireland even if were true.

Published in 2016 the obesity strategy for Ireland says there is no single action alone that will deal with the problem. Especially if they continue to ignore a treatment that has been proven to be effective.

The Lipotrim Ireland pharmacy weight management programme

It is apparent that the authorities are ignoring the efforts made by the pharmacies in Ireland over the last decade. The Lipotrim pharmacy weight management programme has been, and still remains, available throughout Ireland, as an evidence-based weight management programme. The results obtained from audit of Lipotrim pharmacies in Ireland demonstrate the high value the government should place on their pharmacy network.

Lipotrim Ireland audit - an evidence based weight management programme

Lipotrim Ireland audit - an evidence based weight management programme

The Lipotrim programme relies on the pharmacy network monitoring their patients in need of weight loss and weight management whilst the patient is on the Lipotrim programme. The multi-phase strategy covers the weight loss phase through to long term weight maintenance.

Being patient funded, the Lipotrim programme exists to improve the health of Ireland through the significant weight losses achieved, and all without cost to the state. Weight loss benefits the medical conditions usually related to obesity, meaning the Lipotrim programme has the ability to profoundly reduce the country's health bill.

These are exciting times for all of us, even though there has recently been a company passing off their new and untested programme as Lipotrim rebranded and reformulated. Neither claim is true. As the old statement goes "claims to my death have been greatly exaggerated".

Lipotrim Ireland is currently fine and well. 

And it turns out that some of the compositional claims of the new products may be insufficient to meet the standards of Irish Legislation.

What is the conclusion to the Ireland Obesity Treatment programme?

Remember surgery is a serious option, resulting in many long term health problems, and can be prone to failure like other weight loss methods.

The results to date, through traditional lifestyle advice, to help people lose weight are pitiful; hence the increasing obesity statistics.

Lipotrim however provides the option to lose weight rapidly, healthily and without a cost to the state. The programme incorporates lifestyle advice throughout and is especially effective once the weight has lost and needs to be maintained.

What can I do now?

If you are looking to lose weight please find your local pharmacy and enrol onto their Lipotrim programme, making sure it is really Lipotrim.

Your local pharmacy can quickly and easily add themselves to the network of Lipotrim pharmacies.

Contact Lipotrim via email or call the Lipotrim team using the local rate number 01525 5636.


What can I do as a pharmacist wanting to help tackle obesity in Ireland?

If you are connected to a pharmacy in Ireland, the National obesity treatment programme strategy is one that expects to support evidence based weight management services within the GP contract and primary care teams: Lipotrim provides this evidence.

Ireland National obesity treatment programme evidence statement - pharmacy

It is critical that pharmacy takes the opportunity to develop their weight management services and gain the recognition it deserves.

Pharmacy. Do not waste this opportunity to take part in helping Ireland stem, and hopefully reverse, the high levels of obesity with Lipotrim.

Contact Lipotrim today on 00353 (0) 1525 5636

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National obesity programme document

Department of Health policy on tackling obesity

The Department of Health has published this national obesity programme document outlining their strategy for tackling the rise in obesity levels in Ireland. This is an opportunity that shouldn't be wasted by the pharmacy profession. Please read our assessment of the National obesity Programme document.

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Send us your thought on the National Obesity Programme

Read our assessment of the National Obesity Programme in Ireland.

We would like to hear your thoughts & can advise on how Lipotrim can help you gain the most from this National Obesity Programme.

Contact us by email

or call Lipotrim on 01525 5636

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Welcome to the Lipotrim Ireland Blog

Welcome to the Lipotrim Ireland Blog

The Lipotrim Ireland Blog is written mainly for the Republic of Ireland but it's useful for everyone who wishes to learn more.

Lipotrim is a nutrient complete pharmacy weight management programme, using formula foods to obtain the maximum safe rate weight loss.

The Lipotrim programme details the 3 phases of successful weight management:

  1. Weight Loss using the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme
  2. Refeeding (re-introduction of conventional food)
  3. Weight Maintenance (long term weight stabilization)

The aim of our blog is to help you learn more about Lipotrim, find out the truth behind news stories on diets and weight loss and to support our pharmacy network through weight management education.

We also have a general blog at

Lipotrim welcomes you to add comments to our Lipotrim Ireland Blog posts and we would appreciate it if you could share our content. There are many people struggling to lose weight and even more people confused by the regular stream of weight loss and diet related news articles. We are constantly bombarded by food marketing and diet news. Our posts are designed to help you sift through the confusion so you can make a more informed choice.

Weight loss is important for anyone with medical conditions who are carrying excess weight. Weight loss is especially important if you are type 2 diabetic, are hypertensive (suffer from high blood pressure), have polycystic ovary disease, suffer thyroid issues, require surgery and are failing to conceive. This list is not exhaustive.


Our network of pharmacies who supply Lipotrim are highly trained and can help you with your health, medical conditions and weight.

Please feel free to contact our dedicated Lipotrim team with any questions, queries, concerns, or feedback.

We especially like to hear your Lipotrim stories so please send us your reviews or just add them to any of our social media channels.

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