Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ’s


What is your success with the patient losing weight?

The success rate can be up to 90% as long as the patient follows through with the program. This success rate has been demonstrated for over 25 years.

What makes your program better than other companies?

It’s the variety of medical techniques we use in combination with customizing a package for the patient.

Does your system cost as much as a franchise?

We are very different from a franchise because we are a licensing firm and our fees are very affordable in comparison.

Why do I need to commit for two years or more?

Ongoing training support for all current and new employees ensures that new marketing techniques will be introduced during growth. The newest weight loss medications and injections will continue to be included along with other services, putting you one step ahead of all competitors.

How do I generate leads?

Proven call to action marketing to make your phone ring, including one on one training with reception to book 80% of incoming calls.

After I pay for the program, how much do supplies cost?

We have already negotiated the lowest prices possible for you. You will spend approximately $1,500-3,500 the first month and will be based on patient need thereafter. You can expect to spend $5,000 monthly on marketing for your best success. This is a low investment for a big return.

How do I train my clinic staff?

You will be assigned a trainer to work closely with you during the process. We offer WebEx training, with an additional option to have us come to your clinic for in-house training, or you may come to our office for onsite training.

How does my medical staff get trained?

We have an MD and a PA that will work one-on-one with your medical provider.

How much work do I need to put into the day-to-day operation of the program?

Your staff will be trained to completely run the program, with minimal effort required by you.

I did not know I could dispense medication. Why aren’t more physicians doing this?

20 years ago, how many people had cell phones? Not too many, but today, almost everyone has one. Ironically, years ago, most physicians dispensed medication to their patients. Change occurs in every industry. With insurance reimbursements decreasing and operating costs increasing, this is forcing physicians to find alternative sources of revenue to enhance their practice. Dispensing medication is a simple solution.

In 44 out of 50 states, it is absolutely legal for physicians to dispense at time of care. The other states restrict what physicians can do, but even those states physicians can still dispense. The states that have the most restrictions are:

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Texas
  • Wyoming
  • Utah (Only state where it is illegal)

Every physician has the right to dispense medicine to their patients. State and Federal law requires physicians to dispense only properly labeled and packaged drugs.

How much time does it take to dispense?

Dispensing during the office visit can actually save time. No more faxing or calling in prescriptions as well as taking calls from the pharmacy. It takes less than one minute to dispense medication to a patient whether you use the manual or computerized tracking system. It takes less than half an hour to learn the manual system and anyone can master the dispensing software within an hour.

Will dispensing cause my malpractice insurance premium to rise?

It should not. A physician’s medical license mandates that they are allowed to dispense medication. If this is a concern, contact your insurance agent.

Where will I store the medication?

To be compliant with FDA and DEA regulations, they must be kept in a locked cabinet or drawer. If you plan on carrying controlled medication, then they must be stored behind a double lock. A simple solution is to purchase the cabinet we recommend. A locked cabinet behind a locked door will satisfy the double lock requirement for controlled medications.

What is the cut off when prescribing phentermine? Will you refuse for a BMI of 20-25? How do you regulate who you are prescribing to?

If a patient presents for a first visit with a BMI under 25 and wants to be on an appetite suppressant it is recommended that appetite suppressant not be used, but instead to offer other medications and non-prescription agents to address their weight concerns. These other medications include metformin, Alli, Topamax, Belviq, Victoza and others. Other adjunct treatments include lifestyle/behavior modification, lipotropic injections, colon cleanses and the like to improve their overall health and assist with their goals for improved health. Also, the decision to use an appetite suppressant should also be based on waist circumference and the other outlines found in the IDF Worldwide definition of the metabolic syndrome (www.idf.org).

However it is acceptable to maintain an existing patient on an appetite suppressant over an extended period of time to assist them in maintaining a BMI of less than 25, particularly if that patient has a pattern of regaining weight after stopping phentermine despite appropriate lifestyle/behavior changes, as long as the medication is still effective, there are no new developing adverse effects, and there are no concerns by the provider regarding potential abuse of the medication. There is not a specific period of time in our state that a patient can or should be on an appetite suppressant medication, but a time limit is individualized and is based on all of these factors, the clinical judgment of the provider, and the laws of the state you practice in—please check with your state Board of Pharmacy about your state laws.

Are appetite suppressants safe to use?

Yes! You will be monitored by our medical providers the entire time you are taking the appetite suppressant. As with all medications, there are risk factors involved. Any risk factors will be discussed with you at your initial visit.

What if I am currently taking medications for health issues I have? Can I still take appetite suppressants?

Our medical providers will fully assess your health conditions at your initial visit. In general, if your health conditions are stable and controlled by medication, you can take an appetite suppressant. Cardiovascular conditions and appetite suppressants are usually not a good fit. Therefore, Phentermine (Adipex-P) are not indicated for use in a patient who has one or more of the following medical conditions:

* Advanced arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
* Cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
* Uncontrolled moderate to severe hypertension (a blood pressure that is not well controlled)
* Gaucoma
* Pregnancy
* Nursing mothers

Does the price include the appetite suppressants?

Yes. A 30-day supply of medication will be dispensed from the office at your visits.

How overweight do I have to be in order to be on Appetite Suppressants?

Our medical providers will look at your BMI (Body Mass Index) to determine if you qualify to take the appetite suppressant. As a general rule, your BMI should be about 25 in order to take the appetite suppressants.