What is an Ozempic?
Ozempic is a weekly injection that helps lower blood sugar by helping the pancreas make more insulin. It is not approved for weight loss, but some physicians prescribe it to be used for weight loss.
Where Can I Get Ozempic In South Africa?
Can you get Ozempic in South Africa?
Ozempic solution for injection is a registered product by SAHPRA belonging to the HCR, Novo Nordisk South Africa.
There are only two (2) registered presentations of the pre-filled pen for Ozempic available in South Africa namely, Ozempic 0,25 mg and 0,5 mg/dose pen and Ozempic 1 mg/dose pen.
How much is Ozempic in South Africa?
Depending on the dose, Ozempic can cost between R1 500 (minimum dose) and over R 6000 (maximum dose) per month.
For Saxenda, patients can expect to pay between R2 500 and R4 000, depending on the dose. The maximum dose per week of Ozempic for obesity is 2.4mg and 3mg for Saxenda.
Why is there a shortage of Ozempic in South Africa?
The shortage comes after people, including celebrities and social media influencers, without type 2 diabetes have been using and promoting Ozempic for weight loss.
Murphy says the drug has been over-prescribed and prescribed for off-label use which has “put pressure on its availability” in South Africa and globally.