Current and emerging medications for the management of obesity in adults

Rosalind Walmsley and Priya Sumithran
Med J Aust 2023; 219 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.52031
Published online: 21 August 2023

In reply: We thank Inglis and colleagues1 for their interest in our review article2 and for highlighting the important issue of a possible signal for increased thyroid cancer risk with glucagon‐like peptide 1 (GLP‐1) receptor agonists raised in the study by Bezin and colleagues.3

  • 1 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC



Priya Sumithran is supported by an Investigator Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (1178482).

Competing interests:

Priya Sumithran has co‐authored manuscripts that have had medical writing assistance provided (Novo Nordisk). No medical writing assistance was received for this manuscript. Priya Sumithran is in the leadership group of the Obesity Collective.

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