TikTok user, a TikTok user, posted about her experience buying Ozempic from Mexico. I bought the starter box, and it cost me $285.
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Medical tourism is not a new concept in the United States. People regularly travel to seek out more affordable healthcare and prescriptions. The demand for Ozempic is high in the U. S., so availability and costs are low.
Ozempic is approved to treat type 2 diabetes, while Wegovy can be used for obesity and weight-related issues. Both drugs are "semaglutides," which is a class of drugs used for long-term weight management.
"They were willing to give it to diabetics, and that's how much money they made. Now, you're not just using it to treat diabetes; you're using it to aid weight loss. They were not prepared for weight loss patients," said Daniel Lang, pharmacist.
Patients aren’t just looking for a lower price; low availability is also driving medical tourists for Ozempic. The drug first appeared on U. S. Food and Drug Administration’s drug shortage list in August.
"Nine percent" of the 30,000 prescriptions filled for semaglutide (also known as Ozempic) in British Columbia each month in 2022 were for U. S. citizens. This is 22 times more than the percentage of prescriptions for all drugs filled by Americans," stated Adrian Dix, British Columbia's Health Minister.
Canshipmeds. com, a Canadian website, will now deliver Ozempic directly to your home. This eliminates the need to cross borders to obtain the drug. According to Dix, this practice is becoming more common in America as there is no shortage of drug here.
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