Inappropriate Medication Use by Santa

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Reports of body shaming have led to suspicions of inappropriate use of appetite suppressants by a certain iconic resident of the North Pole.  According to several sources, constant harping on appropriate food consumption has led Santa Claus to misuse weight loss products to maintain a lower body weight.  Despite warnings from his primary care provider and pharmacist regarding the risk of adverse effects, Santa was allegedly prescribed phentermine by Hermey, a local dentist, and had been taking the medication for several months.  Concerns regarding the cardiopulmonary effects of phentermine, particularly when used in combination with other stimulants, have been well documented.  Fortunately, Mr. Claus has been educated about appropriate weight management strategies, has discontinued the phentermine and is now full of energy and ready for his Christmas Eve deliveries. 

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Jill Kolesar & Lee Vermeulen

Professors, University of Kentucky