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Here’s what we know about compounded Semaglutide safety

Learn how compounded medications are made. Plus, why compounded Semaglutide is a safe and effective alternative to brand-name medical weight loss options.
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Key Points:

  1. Specialized pharmacies custom-make compounded medications to fit a person's unique needs. In some cases, compounded medicines also help relieve drug shortages.
  2. While compounded medications are not FDA-approved, the best way to get quality medication is to work with a medical provider who sources prescriptions from a licensed facility.
  3. Dr. B works with compounding pharmacy partners who follow strict rules and test their products rigorously. So our patients can trust that the compounded Semaglutide medication they receive is safe and effective.

With expensive brand-name weight loss medications in short supply, Dr. B is thrilled to offer patients a safe, effective and affordable compounded Semaglutide via Shed It with Dr. B—a holistic prescription weight loss program.

Naturally, we expect that some of our patients will have questions about how compounded medicines are made and how their compounded Semaglutide stacks up against the fancy brand-name versions.

Here's what to know about compounded Semaglutide safety.

What exactly is a compounded medication?

Compounded products are made by pharmacists at specialized pharmacies.

Sometimes, pharmacists custom-make compounded medicines as an alternative to standard drug formulas so that they fit a person's unique needs. For example, someone who can't swallow capsules might order a compounded medicine in liquid form. Or a person who is allergic to the dye in a skin cream might have a compounded version made without that ingredient.

Compounded medications can also help address a drug shortage. When a brand-name medication lands on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug shortage list, compounding pharmacies that meet certain requirements can create medications to fill the gap.

Right now, compounding pharmacies can make injectable versions of Semaglutide because brand-name GLP-1 agonist medications are on the drug shortage list.

Are compounded medications FDA-approved?

Compounded medications are not generics or FDA-approved drugs. That means the FDA does not verify their safety and efficacy in the same way that it approves standard medications.

But in the US, state agencies—and sometimes the FDA—oversee the specialized pharmacies that make compounded medicines. In some cases, compounding pharmacies even source their active ingredients from the same FDA-registered facilities used by drug manufacturers.

While the medications they make are not FDA-approved, licensed compounding pharmacies follow strict safety standards. They also test their products carefully to guarantee their quality, potency, stability and effectiveness.

A licensed provider can help you source medicines from state-licensed pharmacies or outsourcing facilities registered with the FDA and make sure that your compounded prescription treatment is the correct formula and dosage for you.

How does compounded Semaglutide compare to other prescription medical weight loss options?

Semaglutide is a GLP-1 receptor agonist that helps control appetite and slow digestion. It is the same active ingredient used in brand-name medical weight loss options like Ozempic®* and Wegovy®*.

Compounded Semaglutide weight loss medication works the same way as standard versions of the drug. It is safe and effective. It costs less than brand-name drugs because it is sourced from compounding pharmacies that produce in-house and ship straight to consumers. That means they can set reasonable medication prices.

*Ozempic® and Wegovy® are registered trademarks of their respective owners. Our use of these names is for informational purposes only and does not imply any affiliation, endorsement or approval by the trademark holders.

Why are compounded weight-loss medications controversial?

There are a few reasons why compounded medical weight loss medications get a lot of (justified) buzz.

  • Because the FDA doesn’t review and approve them, they can vary in quality and effectiveness—especially compared to their brand-name or generic medication versions.
  • Weight loss medications are often not covered by health insurance. So they can be expensive to pay for out-of-pocket, especially as they’re prescribed indefinitely to manage a chronic condition.
  • Most people tend to regain weight if they stop taking GLP-1 weight loss medicines.
  • Losing weight alone does not automatically improve health.

A holistic approach to prescription weight loss is the best way to guarantee lasting benefits. By combining effective compounded Semaglutide weight loss medication with nourishing foods and regular movement, you can manage chronic conditions and achieve your health goals.

How can I trust that my compounded Semaglutide is safe?

Dr. B works with compounding pharmacy partners who source Semaglutide from facilities registered with the FDA. These licensed compounding pharmacies test their products and follow strict safety standards.

Shed It with Dr. B’s monthly fee includes regular check-ins with a licensed provider and unlimited support. So if our patients have questions about their health concerns, they can request a provider callback at their patient dashboard at any time.

Can I buy Semaglutide online?

Some online pharmacies sell Semaglutide online. But not all offer the same version of the product. That’s why it’s vital to work with a licensed provider and get a prescription treatment made by a facility that uses quality ingredients and meets strict safety guidelines.

For Shed It with Dr. B, we source safe, effective Semaglutide from compounding pharmacies that follow best practices. So our patients can trust that their medication will do what it’s supposed to do—and they can shed worries along with extra pounds and negative habits!

Sources:

Gilbert, Daniel. (2023.) Inside the gold rush to sell cheaper imitations of Ozempic. The Washington Post.

Lupkin, Sydney. (2024). Compounding pharmacies are making their own versions of blockbuster weight loss drugs. NPR.

US Food and Drug Administration. (2022). Compounding and the FDA: Questions and answers.

US Food and Drug Administration. (2020). Compounding laws and policies.

US Food and Drug Administration. (2024). Medications containing semaglutide marketed for type 2 diabetes or weight loss.

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