Alas it appears that for the time being Saxenda is not returning to the weight loss market. Wegovy is coming out but in exceptionally small amounts to independent clinics. In the UK the sole distributor and our only supplier is a merged company with Boots. Boots has their own weight loss patients and because of the arrangement between the two companies that is where the majority of the medication is going.
I have been trying very hard to source medication to restart the clinic but unless the supply chain is strong and reliable then I won't formally reopen to weight loss bookings
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Update 12th August 2023:
There is no available prescription medication. There is no Saxenda aka Liraglutide. There is no Victoza aka Liraglutide for anyone who isn't a Type 2 Diabetic. There is no Ozempic (aka Semaglutide) which doesn't actually have a license for weight loss, and is only available for people with Type 2 diabetes. WEGOVY (aka Semaglutide for weight loss) is not available yet and its wrong that this was placed in the public main stream media recently.
I will contact clients when medication supplies restart. I intend to review the situation in Mid September 2023, and will email all clients.
Quite simply, this is completely out of my hands. There has been a global demand for Saxenda/Ozempic/Weygovy and the manufacturer simply can't keep up. I spoke this afternoon (Tuesday 4th July) with NovoNordisk Private Clinic managers and to be fair they didn't seem to have much information either other than to say supply will be very intermittent for the next 18 months.
Our pharmacy at Castle Quay stocks the largest amount of Saxenda on island and was struggling last week but was just about maintaining levels but with rationing of prescriptions. However what has developed is a picture of global shortage triggered by social media and mainstream media news regarding weight loss during May 2023 and this has depleted all stocks.
Is there a risk to your health if you suddenly stop Saxenda? No. Clients have been stopping all the time during the clinic course, thats the beauty of Saxenda, you can stop at anytime.
My advice would be to limit yourself to 1.8mg rather than the target dose of 3mg.
All existing patients will be supported. The clinic is just closed to new patients for the time being.
Will I gain weight if I stop Saxenda? To be honest, yes, if you just depend on Saxenda. What I do recommend is to engage with our Dietician and Personal Trainer. I will be working with our pharmacist and with the NovoNordisk team to try and keep some semblance of supply going.
Is this only effecting Castle Quay Weight Loss clinic? No, this is a global issue and it's likely that the UK Government will embargo this medication for only diabetics until the supply chain can be strengthened. NovoNordisk are building new facilities but they won't be online until the end of the year apparently. However if you go online now, most online pharmacies now just state "out of stock:".
There is nothing more that can be done for now.
Dr Robert Greig, 1815hrs 4th July 2023