Semaglutide mimics a natural hormone in your body called GLP-1. This hormone is produced by your digestive system in response to eating food. It acts on both the brain and the digestive system to regulate how full you feel after a meal. It slows down the emptying of your stomach into the rest of your digestive system.
GLP-1 also regulates insulin secretion in response to eating meals so that your blood sugar is better controlled (even lowering blood sugar levels) and reduces your appetite by signaling to your brain that you've eaten a meal. Semaglutide acts just like this natural hormone to make you feel fuller for longer, reducing your cravings for more food, enhancing the way your body regulates blood sugar levels and the storage of fat. This can help patients lose weight.
You'll start on the lowest dose, 0.25mg, and then gradually increase over 8 weeks to the 1mg dose. This helps your body adjust to the medication in the first few weeks and reduces the severity of common side-effects, such as nausea.
We do require recent Bloodwork prior to prescribing Semaglutide. Insurance generally covers bloodwork or we can utilize bloodwork recently prescribed by your PMD.
None of our services are covered by insurance and we can not provide you with receipts acceptable for insurance reimbursement, however HSA & FSA cards generally are approved for our services.
Generic Medication Manufacturing
CARES includes provisions that specifically address drug shortages by providing FDA with new authorities. Specifically, CARES enacts the following requirements, all of which were drawn in part from ASHP’s drug shortage legislative priorities:
Priority Reviews for Shortage Drugs:
FDA will now prioritize reviewing applications for generic drugs in shortage, including expediting inspections and reviews for abbreviated new drug applications and supplements. FDA must also submit a yearly report to Congress that includes market-based recommendations for legislative language or regulatory action that encourages:
Manufacturing of drugs in shortage; Domestic manufacturing of finished dosage forms; and Domestic manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
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NJ Weight loss and Preventive Care Clinics PA can prescribe Semaglutide from a compounding pharmacy.
Much like Motrin and Advil are known commonly as "Ibuprofen" (the generic name), which is arguably as effective as the much publicized brand names, it is often a fraction of the cost; "Semaglutide" is the generic version of Ozempic and Wegovy.
Typically it is many years before the generic version is permitted to be sold in it's generic version, and only after the patent protection has run its course.
However, in light of the severe shortages of medications we experienced as a result of covid, Congress enacted legislation protecting consumers, that permits compounding pharmacies to produce generic verisions of medications still under patent protection that are listed on the FDA shortage list.
Hence, compounding pharmacies are now producing Semaglutide.
Compounding pharmacies typically add buffers, sweeteners, vitamins and other benign agents they believe will improve effectiveness. The additives of course are regularly added to most medications and are generally deemed safe by everyone in the industry. Speak to your trusted pharmacists to understand this process.
The FDA regularly inspects compounding pharmacies and has tremendous regulatory powers to stop and or limit production of unsafe medications. Do your research thoroughly before taking any medication. Read the clinical studies and speak with your primary care physician before starting any medication.