September 26, 2023

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A brand new rule to restrict American entry to a diabetes drug additionally used for weight reduction has labored, says the B.C. authorities.

In response to the Ministry of Well being, there have been 30,700 dispenses of Ozempic to American clients between Jan. 1 and April 19, principally from two on-line B.C. pharmacies utilizing prescriptions issued by a health care provider from Nova Scotia. The demand was thought-about to be pushed by latest social media pleasure across the drug, which is used to deal with Kind 2 diabetes but in addition curbs urge for food and so can be utilized to reduce weight.

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After the Faculty of Pharmacists of B.C. raised considerations with the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, the physician was quickly suspended. An investigation into the 2 on-line B.C. pharmacies continues to be persevering with.

The ministry assertion stated that on April 19 a regulation was put in place that stops anybody who will not be a B.C. resident, Canadian citizen or everlasting resident from accessing the drug except they fill their prescription in particular person. The rule additionally included two different comparable medication, Wegovy and Rybelsus.

“The brand new regulation was launched in response to a excessive proportion of the dispenses of Ozempic being bought by U.S. sufferers from pharmacies positioned in British Columbia, in an setting the place surging demand in some jurisdictions created shortages,” the assertion learn.

From April 20 to Might 3 in B.C., the variety of Ozempic prescriptions crammed for People fell to 111 — a drop of 99 per cent.

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