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

What should you NOT do?

  • Double up a lower dose of medication
    • this is will only make the shortage of medication worse
  • Buy your medication online without prescription
    • This is illegal
    • You don’t know what you are buying – the medicine that you get may not be what it says it is

Other places to get help

Diabetes UK have produced a helpful “FAQ” guide.

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