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Rising Scrutiny in Weight Loss Drugs That Have Highest Safety Warnings

Thursday, January 18th 2024 10:00am 2 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

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Rising Interest in Weight Loss Drugs Among Americans

Increasing Popularity of Diabetes Medications for Weight Loss

A significant portion of the American population is showing keen interest in using effective, safe prescription drugs for weight loss. This trend is driven by the growing popularity of a new category of diabetes medications, known for their weight reduction benefits with minimal effort. This surge in interest is amplified by extensive social media advertising, celebrity endorsements, and media coverage.

Ozempic and Wegovy: Highest Safety Warnings from FDA

Ozempic, initially approved by the FDA in 2017 for Type 2 diabetes treatment, is gaining attention for its weight loss side effect. The drug, which stimulates insulin production in the pancreas, also reduces appetite leading to weight loss. Consequently, there is an increasing demand for off-label prescription of Ozempic among non-diabetic patients seeking weight loss solutions.

The Surge in Demand for Weight Loss Medications

Statistics from the 2023 Tebra Survey

  • 15% of Americans have used Ozempic for weight loss.
  • 42% of medical practitioners report non-diabetic patients requesting Ozempic prescriptions.
  • 18% of medical practitioners have prescribed it for weight loss.
  • 14% of medical practitioners have used the drug for their weight loss.

Promotional Efforts and Introduction of Wegovy

With rising demand, Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of Ozempic, invested heavily in promoting these drugs. They also introduced Wegovy, another medication tailored for weight loss.

Understanding the Mechanism and Side Effects

Ozempic and Wegovy: Composition and FDA Approval

Both Ozempic and Wegovy contain semaglutide, with Wegovy having a higher dosage. Wegovy, approved in 2021, is intended for obesity treatment in individuals 12 and older, and adults who are overweight with weight-related health issues.

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