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Trending on TikTok leads to diabetes drug shortage

(WPRI) – A trending video series on social media offering weight loss advice is going viral and making it harder to buy diabetes medicine.

These are the drugs Ozempic and Monjaro that are used to treat type 2 diabetes because the injections have been shown to improve blood sugar levels as well as heart function. And doctors have started prescribing them for patients looking to lose weight.

“It’s a diabetes drug, but it’s different from insulin,” Dr Stephen Ramirez told Keynes. “It lowers sugar levels, but is a safety net so that my patients’ sugar levels don’t drop too low.”

Influencers and celebrities on TikTok have posted their weight loss videos along with before and after images giving credit to the drug. For example Elon Musk, i give credit to ozampic To help her lose 30 pounds.

Additionally, an advertisement for the drug also cites weight loss as a benefit of this drug, saying that the average person can lose up to 12 pounds.

This enthusiasm for the drug has led to a short supply, so the Food and Drug Administration has added Ozempic to its list of “currently in short supply.” Some patients have reported that they have had to switch to a lower dose to help supply function.

“At one point I had patients wait at least three months to receive initial medication and pay cash,” Dr. Ramirez said.

It’s also not a cheap way to lose weight if health insurance doesn’t cover it. Dr. Ramirez said a one-month supply of Munjaro costs about $1,200 out-of-pocket and Ozempic costs about $875 per month.

Ramirez expects the drugs to be supplied to meet demand. Both drugs are available by prescription only.

For its part, the Los Angeles Times reports that unauthorized prescription of this type of drug is legal, but it is not regulated by the FDA.

Side effects of Ozempic and Mounjaro include possible inflammation of the pancreas, vision changes, low blood sugar, and problems with the kidneys and gallbladder.

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