Drug shortages can pose significant challenges, impacting both patients and healthcare providers. Recently, the shortage of Ozempic and Wegovy, diabetes medications known for their weight loss side effect, has garnered attention. Compounding pharmacies, like HDRx, offer a strategic alternative during such shortages. Here, we explore the potential benefits of compounded Semaglutide, a key ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy, in addressing these challenges.
Understanding the Ozempic & Wegovy Shortage
Ozempic and Wegovy are primarily used to address type 2 diabetes, but have recently gained popularity for their weight loss side effects, and patients are flocking to get it.
With demand at an unprecedented high, patients are desperate to find an alternative. The active agent in these drugs, Semaglutide, has come to light as hope, since it can be compounded by compounding pharmacists at compounding pharmacies.
In a recent study, “40% of participants in this trial who took Semaglutide for 68 weeks lost 20% or more of their initial body weight, approaching the level of weight loss seen with sleeve gastrectomy.”
This has unveiled a possible alternative to bariatric surgery, which is currently considered one of the most effective and reliable interventions available for weight management.
According to Harvard, a surge in demand following its viral fame led to the ongoing shortage. This has left patients and practitioners seeking alternatives.
The Role of Compounding Pharmacies
Compounding pharmacies like Health Dimensions Clinical Pharmacy (HDRx) play a crucial role during drug shortages. By custom-compounding medications like Semaglutide, these pharmacies provide tailored solutions that can potentially meet individual patient needs while addressing the gap caused by commercial drug shortages.
HDRx offers compounded Semaglutide to patients:
SEMAGLUTIDE/METHYLCOBALAMIN (2ml) Injectable 2.5/0.5MG/ML; SEMAGLUTIDE/METHYLCOBALAMIN (2ml) Injectable 1/0.5MG/ML
Prescription required. HDRx is licensed to ship prescriptions to MI, OH, IN, IL, IN, WI, MN.
We make it easy to prescribe Semaglutide for your patients.
HiPhenolic and Semaglutide: OTC & Prescription Approach to Weight Management
Proper Nutritional Supplementation for Semaglutide and Ozempic Users
Our pharmacists at HDRx offer patient consultations and recommend the best supplements based on each patient’s medical history, symptoms, test results, and other factors.
A professional supplement line, Ortho Molecular (not commercially available to patients), has developed a specific protocol to help support patients who are using Semaglutide. HDRx is an approved supplier and has these supplements available for patients using Semaglutide for shipping or pickup.
Consultation and Collaboration
HDRx works closely with healthcare providers to determine the most appropriate compounded solutions for their patients. We encourage patients and practitioners to engage in open dialogue with our experts to explore the suitability of compounded Semaglutide, especially in the context of the current Ozempic shortage.
In times of drug shortages, compounding pharmacies offer a ray of hope. At HDRx, we are committed to providing high-quality, customized medication solutions like compounded Semaglutide, for those affected by the Ozempic shortage. As always, we recommend consulting with healthcare professionals to understand the best course of action for individual health needs.
For more information on compounded Semaglutide and how it might help during the Ozempic shortage, contact us today by calling (800) 836-2303 or contacting us online.
HDRx is licensed to serve MI, OH, IN, IL, IN, WI, MN. Shipping is available with a valid prescription from a licensed medical practitioner.
Rubino D, Abrahamsson N, Davies M, et al. Effect of Continued Weekly Subcutaneous Semaglutide vs Placebo on Weight Loss Maintenance in Adults With Overweight or Obesity: The STEP 4 Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2021;325(14):1414–1425. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.3224.