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    Saxenda Shortage UK: Explaining the Short Supply of the Weight Loss Injection Pen

    Are you currently a weight loss patient who has been prescribed Saxenda? If so, we have some important updates to share regarding the weight loss injection. 

    2024 Saxenda Shortage UK

    Currently, there's a global shortage of glucagon-like peptide receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) like Saxenda (EMA, 2023). But don't worry, UK Meds are on hand to guide you through it.

    Saxenda shortage UK

    Why is there a shortage of Saxenda?

    Increased Demand

    The shortage is due in part to the increased demand for the drug semaglutide, known by its brand names Ozempic and Wegovy (both now available in the UK). 

    Media Coverage

    Thanks to widespread media coverage, more people are discovering the benefits of GLP-1 treatments for weight loss. 

    As a result, many are turning to Saxenda (liraglutide), and this sudden surge in demand has outpaced the supply.

    When will the supply issues improve?

    An Update from Novo Nordisk

    Novo Nordisk, the company behind Saxenda and Wegovy, has said that Saxenda supply chain challenges may persist through 2024. We're actively collaborating with Novo Nordisk to secure more stock for our patients and are doing all we can to ensure a continuous supply of medication for those patients who need it. 

    Which drugs are impacted by the short supply of GLP-1 RA medications?

    The current shortages are expected to impact the availability of all GLP-1 RA medications, including:

    • Saxenda

    • Ozempic

    • Byetta

    • Victoza

    • Trulicity

    • Bydureon

    • Rybelsus

    What can I do if the Saxenda shortage affects me?

    If you're a Saxenda user and the shortage affects you, don't worry; UK Meds is here to support you. You can still complete an online weight loss consultation with us as you would normally. However, due to the shortages, it might be necessary to consider a different weight loss medication or management plan.

    Consult your doctor or healthcare professional to discuss your options prior to starting any treatment as they can advise you on the most appropriate medication for your individual requirements. 

    Stay informed by signing up for email alerts, and rest assured that UK Meds is doing all we can to ensure a constant supply of all medications that our patients need.

    If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to the UK Meds team. Your well-being is our priority.

    Saxenda Shortage FAQs

    Our customers have been in touch asking some common questions about the Saxenda shortage, including:

    Should I reduce the dose of Saxenda I take to make it last longer?

    We would recommend taking the dose of the Saxenda injection that your prescriber recommended. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider if you are unsure about the most appropriate dose of Saxenda to take.

    Does stopping Saxenda treatment suddenly cause any side effects?

    Stopping treatment with Saxenda weight loss injections suddenly will not cause any side effects, so you shouldn’t worry if you find that you’ve run out of your supply of the medication. Saxenda is not an addictive medication so you will not experience withdrawal symptoms. You should consult your healthcare provider or doctor if your supply of Saxenda has run out and you require a suitable alternative weight loss treatment.

    Should I expect the price of Saxenda to change whilst there is a shorter supply of the medication?

    Yes, during this time, the price of Saxenda may change based on the supply of the medication available in the market currently. UK Meds customers can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure that you receive a fair price.

    Will I put weight back on if I stop taking Saxenda?

    If you don't actively take steps to maintain your weight loss you may regain weight that you have lost since starting treatment with Saxenda. Simple lifestyle choices can help you to sustain weight loss including:

    It is important to note that the above are only suggestions and that not all strategies will be appropriate for you. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best way to lose weight sustainably and safely for your individual needs.

    Medically Reviewed by:
    Dr. Alexis Missick MBChB. MRCGP
    GMC reference no: 7151419
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