Diabetic urges weight reduction sufferers to cease taking drug with demand ‘getting out of hand’


A diabetic has urged individuals to cease ordering Ozempic for weight reduction, amid fears that offer shortages of the remedy may worsen because of the delayed UK launch of sister-drug Wegovy.

Zami Jalil, a 41-year-old diabetic, instructed i his well being is being put at “critical threat” by shortages of Ozempic, which he has been struggling to pay money for because the drug exploded in recognition as a way for dropping pounds.

It had been hoped that the launch of an analogous drug, Wegovy, which has been accepted within the UK as a remedy for weight problems, would ease stress on provide, however the roll-out has now been delayed.

Ozempic and Wegovy are each model names for semaglutide, a drug initially launched to assist individuals with kind 2 diabetes to handle their blood glucose ranges.

Semaglutide has exploded in recognition up to now 12 months after it was found to additionally assist individuals drop some pounds. Many nations, together with the UK, at the moment are experiencing shortages of the medicine.

Ozempic is presently solely licensed as a diabetes remedy within the UK, nevertheless it is more and more being prescribed off-label to assist weight reduction.

Douglas Twenefour, head of care at Diabetes UK, warned that this off-label prescribing means individuals with diabetes are more and more struggling to entry the drug.

“Whereas we perceive that off-label prescribing may be helpful in some circumstances, we can’t help it when it’s instantly contributing to ongoing shortages that impression on individuals dwelling with kind 2 diabetes, and would encourage clinicians to be aware of this impression,” he stated.

In March the Nationwide Institute for Well being and Care Excellence (Good) accepted using Wegovy to deal with weight problems within the UK.

Pharmacists had been initially anticipating to start receiving provide of Wegovy this month, however the launch of the drug has now been delayed indefinitely.

“We had been anticipating this to be accessible in spring, however the producer instructed us that as a result of clearly the demand is larger than the inventory they presently have they need to delay the discharge of it. They need to make sure that they’ll meet the demand,” stated Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief government of the Affiliation of Unbiased A number of Pharmacies.

‘I’ve misplaced a stone in three months’

Jackie Bannister has launched a stone since she started taking Ozempic for weight loss (Photo: Supplied)
Jackie Bannister has misplaced a stone since she began taking Ozempic for weight reduction (Photograph: provided)

Jackie Bannister, 35, has been prescribed Ozempic off-label since February this 12 months to assist her drop some pounds.

She instructed i she workouts usually and eats a balanced weight loss program, however has struggled to drop some pounds. At 5ft2, she weighed 114kg when she began utilizing the jabs.

“I’d form of received to the purpose the place I used to be considering do I must have some dramatic surgical procedure or one thing, however the considered going below the knife and having my abdomen mainly changed into the scale of a tennis ball completely terrifies me,” she stated.

Through the first three months of taking Ozempic she has misplaced a stone. She is presently paying round £190 monthly for the jabs.

“I’ve undoubtedly seen a giant change in my urge for food; how a lot I can eat, having the ability to say no to issues. It’s made me a lot extra constant. I’ve all the time struggled with dropping pounds. I’ve yo-yoed rather a lot…this has allowed me to have just about every single day day,” she stated.

Ms Bannister desires to take Wegovy as soon as it’s launched within the UK, however within the meantime will preserve taking Ozempic.

“I used to be comfortable to maintain funding it myself. I don’t need to preserve taking away diabetes medication from individuals,” she stated.

Ms Bannister stated it’s a “actual disgrace” that launch of Wegovy has been delayed as she believes it “would have taken the pressure off” the availability of Ozempic.

“I believe lots of people had a lot hope and had their coronary heart set on it. But it surely’s a giant disgrace,” she stated.

Mr Jalil instructed i it was “not excellent news” that the launch of Wegovy had been delayed because it has a “knock-on impact” on the availability of Ozempic.

The skilled musician has been taking Ozempic to manage his blood glucose ranges for one-and-a-half years, however stated he began to note shortages up to now few months.

“It appears to be getting worse. My physician prescribes it two months at a time, however I’m having to place that repeat prescription in about eight weeks upfront,” he stated.

He not too long ago needed to go with out Ozempic for 3 weeks, throughout which his blood sugar ranges reached greater than 4 instances their wholesome stage.

“That’s critical,” he stated. “It’s a matter of life and dying as a result of having an excessive amount of elevated blood sugar actually reduces our life expectancy.”

“I simply need individuals to essentially consider carefully. Earlier than you begin stockpiling and getting all this Ozempic, it’s actually affecting those that actually do want it. Even going with out it for 2 weeks actually places diabetics in critical well being threat,” he stated.

A spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, the agency that manufactures Wegovy and Ozempic, stated it has not confirmed a launch date for Wegovy within the UK and was working to make it accessible “as quickly as potential”.



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