Have you heard about Wegovy? If you have not and you are looking for something to help you lose weight, this new FDA-approved drug does just that! In clinical trials, Wegovy patients lost 15-18% of their body weight and many had significant improvements in blood pressure and other areas of physical functioning.
What Medication Is Wegovy?
Wegovy is not a new drug as it has been around for years under the name Ozempic and is used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, one of the warnings on Ozempic is “may cause weight loss” which is probably not something most patients using Ozempic would be concerned about since 90% of the individuals in the United States who have type 2 diabetes are also overweight or obese.
Wegovy is the prescription drug Semaglutide that was FDA-approved in 2017 to treat type 2 diabetes. The FDA approved this same Semiglutide under the name Wegovy in higher doses for treating obesity in June 2021.
Wegovy is intended for use as part of a physician-supervised weight loss program that includes a low-calorie diet and exercise program.
What Is The Cost Of Wegovy?
Wegovy comes in different doses and patients start with a low dose and then each month the dose increases until the fifth month when it reaches the maximum where patients will remain.
If you are wondering how much Wegovy costs per month, the cost of Wegovy may vary depending on the strength of the dose. The doses are pre-loaded in a pen injector that is for one-time use and patients receive 4 injector pens to be used one each week for a month.
According to the manufacturer’s website, Wegovy has a list cost of approximately $1,349 for a month’s supply. Many pharmacy websites show the list price fluctuating from $1,500-$1,700 but patients can use discount coupons from sources such as GoodRx to bring the price down to around $1,332.
Check out the Wegovy prices listed on GoodRx.com
Pharmacy Prices For A One Month Supply Of Wegovy with GoodRx
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Some patients may be eligible to receive a lower price through the use of a savings card provided by the manufacturer.
Does Insurance Cover Wegovy?
Currently, most insurance carriers do not offer coverage for medical weight loss drugs however, Wegovy may be covered by some insurance. Find out if Wegovy is covered by your plan.
Is Wegovy Covered By Cigna Insurance?
It is possible that Wegovy may be covered by Cigna insurance for eligible patients. Learn more about The Cigna Wegovy coverage.
Does Medicaid Approve Wegovy?
Generally, Medicaid does not cover any GLP-1 medications but prescription coverage varies by state. Contact your state Medicaid office to learn about weight loss options that may be covered.
How Much is Wegovy without Insurance?
The price of Wegovy averages around $1,400 per month when using a coupon from discount drug savings plan such as GoodRx.
Is There a Generic for Wegovy?
There is not currently a generic for Wegovy. However, IBI Healthcare Institute offers SlimMed medication which contains Semaglutide and has the same results at a lower cost.
Where Can I Get Weight Loss Medication like Wegovy?
Wegovy key ingredient is Semaglutide, which offers weight loss that is comparable to the gastric sleeve surgery. Since the release of Wegovy, the manufacturer has had supply issues and only higher doses are available.
IBI Healthcare Institute offers SlimMed weight loss shot, which is also made with Semaglutide and offers similar weight loss results as Wegovy. SlimMed is readily available at IBI Healthcare Institute and SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics. Both are accepting new patients for SlimMed, and the cost is significantly less than Wegovy. The price of SlimMed is $550 per month for a lower dose, and $650 per month for a larger dose. Prices are subject to change at any time.
Right now, an additional discount for SlimMed shot is available when you order online. If you order online directly from IBI Healthcare Institute, your price for the first month is $450. This special is for a limited time only and can be discontinued at any time.
To learn more about medical weight loss programs with Wegovy or SlimMed, contact IBI Healthcare Institute for a consultation.