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Menopause doctor says hormone scam endangers women's health

A menopause doctor says scammers using her name to illegally sell testosterone online are damaging women's health.

Dr Louise Newson, who founded Newson Health, has warned patients a website has stolen her brand and logo and is selling the sex hormone unlawfully.

"We do not sell medication directly to anyone online," she adds.

Testosterone is illegal to sell or supply without a prescription from a health professional and currently unlicensed in the UK for use by women.

However, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends it can be considered as a supplement for menopausal woman to treat low sexual desire if HRT alone is not effective.

Dr Newson, whose private clinics operate in Stratford-upon-Avon, London, Southampton and Bournemouth, said medication was only prescribed after a consultation with a clinician.

"As far as we are aware no Newson Health patients have fallen victim to this scam and we sincerely hope this remains the case," she said.

The practice is working with relevant organisations to have the fraudulent website taken down, she added.

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Source: BBC News, 16 June 2023


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