Advisory

Obesity Specialists Warn Against 'Bootleg' Weight-Loss Drug

Semaglutide, a weight-loss drug developed by Novo Nordisk, is currently in short supply due to high demand, leading some people to seek out "generic" or compounded versions of the drug instead. But obesity specialists warn against using compounded semaglutide since its quality and safety cannot be guaranteed.

According to Ricardo Correa, MD, director of Diversity for Graduate Medical Education and director for the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, compound pharmacies "are probably using the same active pharmacological part (semaglutide), but when you combine things and you add different excipients, the effectiveness — if you don't measure that in a randomized controlled trial — will not be the same."

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