There is currently a serious problem with the availability of the GLP-1 agonist medications for diabetes. This means that you may have difficulty obtaining a supply of your medication or may not be able to get hold of it at all.
Although this is bad news for many people, there are things you can do. This has made some people really have a think about their diabetes and whether they can make changes to improve things or even put their diabetes into remission.
Which medications are affected?
There is a reduced supply of ALL the GLP-1 receptor agonist drugs:
- Semaglutide (“Ozempic” and “Rybelsus”)
- Dulaglutide (“Trulicity”)
- Liraglutide (“Victoza”)
- Lixisenatide (“Lixumia”)
- Exenatide (“Bydureon” and “Byetta”)
Which areas are affected?
The whole of the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
What should you do?
- Contact your healthcare team, if they have not already contacted you. There are a number of options, including:
- alternative medications
- local structured education programmes
- local weight management programmes
- local diabetes remission programmes.
- See the information leaflet produced by the NHS below with advice about the current GLP-1 situation or download it here.
- Have a look through the resources below that will help you stay on top of your diabetes