What is Ozempic/Wegovy/Semaglutide? (with Greg Castelli, PharmD)

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What is Ozempic/Wegovy/Semaglutide? (with Greg Castelli, PharmD)

March 21, 2023

What is Ozempic/Wegovy/Semaglutide? (with Greg Castelli, PharmD)

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES! Semaglutide is sweeping the news cycle right now. From influencers and celebrities touting its weight loss effects, to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new (controversial) recommendations on children’s weight, talk about this medication is hard to miss.

With all that talk, there is ripe opportunity for MISINFORMATION. That’s precisely why we brought back OUR FAVORITE PHARMACIST, Greg Castelli, PharmD, to give us the facts on semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy)

Topics in this episode include:

What is semaglutide? How does it work?

Why/how was it approved for weight loss?

Is it safe? What do the studies/research show?

What are the side effects?

For whom is Ozempic/Wegovy prescribed? Who is the target audience?

Why are there shortages of this medication?

Is it covered by insurance? How expensive is it?

What happens when you stop taking it?

Is there long-term data on risks/benefits of use (more than 5-6 years)?

Is there research/data on its use in kids?

Greg our Pharmacist recommends checking out Michael Pollan’s book “In Defense of Food“.

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