Diabetics face a drug shortage because those looking to shed pounds have entered the buyer’s market and so have counterfeits.
Even companies like Weight Watchers are jumping on the trend by buying a telehealth service called Sequence that will connect patients with doctors who will prescribe a weight-loss drug like Ozempic.
But because of high demand, diabetics are having a hard time getting the drug. In addition, this is also contributing to a rise in counterfeit weight-loss drugs.
Ozempic can suppress the appetite and raise insulin levels, while making someone feel full longer. Even director, producer and actress Mindy Kaling has been rumored to have used Ozempic to lose weight and allegedly throws “Ozempic parties.”
In an interview on “theGrio with Eboni K. Williams,” obesity medicine specialist Yolandra Hancock breaks down the possible dangers of not using the drug for its intended use. “Using the drug off-label can impact the long-term function of the pancreas,” she said.
Ozempic increases the amount of insulin that the pancreas releases. As a result, it can cause a momentary weight loss. However, once users stops taking it, they will gain the weight back.
Hancock noted another downside of using Ozempic for weight loss. “The indirect impact is that insurance companies will see this as a ‘vanity drug’ and will no longer be willing to cover it.”
Because the supply of Ozempic cannot keep up with the demand, there has been a rise in counterfeit drugs. Using them can result in dangerous outcomes, Hancock says.
Consumers are urged to visit trusted health professionals instead of following the advice of social media influencers.
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