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Costco offers Ozempic prescriptions now, but will they be able to keep up with demand?

For loyal Costco members, each visit to the store is a unique experience, filled with popular items like rotisserie chicken, cult-favorite grocery finds, household goods, beauty products, and clothing. Now, Costco has introduced a new weight-loss program that provides access to medications such as Ozempic and Wegovy for qualifying members...READ THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE▶▶

Costco has partnered with healthcare provider Sesame to offer this exclusive weight-loss program to its members in the United States. The program, priced at $179 for three months, includes clinical consultations, the ability to select your clinician, an initial video consultation, a nutritional guide, and more. It’s important to remember that the $179 fee does not cover the cost of any prescribed medications.

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With the increasing demand for weight-loss medications like Ozempic and Wegovy, this program aims to make it easier for Costco members to obtain these prescriptions. Sesame’s co-founder and CEO, David Goldhill, mentioned to USA TODAY that clinicians may consider prescribing weight-loss drugs alongside other medications, depending on availability.

“We are witnessing important innovations in medically supervised weight loss. Sesame’s unique model allows us not only to make high-quality specialty care like weight loss much more accessible and affordable but also to empower clinicians to create care plans that are specific to—and appropriate for—each individual patient,” Goldhill told USA TODAY. He also pointed out, “The No. 1 search term of Costco members seeking primary care on Sesame was around weight loss.”

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In other words, yes, if you sign up for the program, you may be prescribed Ozempic, Wegovy, or similar drugs at the discretion of your clinician. But as far as we can tell, the model described is not all that different from the services being offered by a number of telehealth companies already.

Reddit user, @suziannie had a similar take: “So. This is the same as the other telehealth companies. The fee you pay gets you the script sent to the pharmacy of your choice, they hope theirs lol. It’s on you to find one with supply though.”

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Other social media users were also skeptical, and quick to point out that the medications themselves are still expensive. “I mean, you’ll still have to pay for the medication … It doesn’t sound so good to me,” wrote @zernen on Reddit.

And while you may be able to get a prescription for the drug(s) via Costco and Sesame, that doesn’t necessarily mean Costco pharmacies will be able to fulfill those prescriptions, which have proven difficult for other retailers to keep in stock.

Redditor @nopenotme77 also noted, “This seemed simply too good to be true. If major pharmacies can’t get the drug how can Costco?”

On the other hand, TikTok user DagherMD (@chrisdaghermd) revealed in a video that he’s both curious and intrigued to see how Costco’s new weight-loss program plays out.

It is really interesting that Costco has entered this field and that there’s a market for this,” he explained. “And I think it has to do with the fact that providers don’t have enough time to talk about medications like this because it goes just beyond the medication; it has to do with diet, exercise, preserving your muscle, getting adequate nutrition, making sure you’re not getting micronutrients deficiencies or insufficient protein intake. In fact, I believe that this requires monthly to every other month check-ins with your patients.”

He added, “This is not something that can be done on your own; you will need someone who has experience with a medication like this … and it makes sense that there are more weight-loss programs … this does really need its own dedicated time.”

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