FAQs for 2023

Do you prescribe Wegovy?

I will be holding off prescribing Wegovy until it is clearly evident that the supply chain is stable and reliable. The company, Novo Nordisk, reports that all strengths are now available and they are taking measures to keep the supply stable (email 1/6/23). I am updating/preparing my office protocols to prepare for prescribing.  Any patient interested in medical weight management, including those interested in Wegovy, requires a full medical consultation to review their medical history and undergo a brief physical examination. Patients should plan to commit to regular monthly medical visits for medical monitoring.  Patients should also plan to commit to following a healthy lifestyle plan.  It is recommended that you check with your individual medical insurance plan to see if Wegovy is covered on your plan prior to making an appointment. If Wegovy is not covered by your insurance, alternative medications will be recommended.

Do you prescribe Ozempic?

Ozempic is FDA approved for diabetes and there is also a shortage of Ozempic occurring. Therefore, I will not be prescribing Ozempic for weight loss management. Please note that I will not be using Ozempic as a substitute for Wegovy.  If you have diabetes and are interested in Ozempic, please contact your primary care provider to see if you are an eligible candidate. I do not provide primary care management for diabetes.

Do you prescribe Mounjaro? 

Mounjaro is FDA approved for diabetes and is extremely difficult to get covered by insurance. I will not be prescribing Mounjaro for weight loss. The good news is that Mounjaro is currently in the research stage and may be approved for weight loss in the near future (few years). If you have diabetes and are interested in Mounjaro, please consult your primary care doctor to see if you are eligible to take Mounjaro. I do not provide primary care management of diabetes.

These policies are based on a number of factors: medication safety, medication shortages, cost of medications, lack of insurance coverage for medications, etc.

These medication policies are in effect until further notice and will be updated here if there are any modifications or changes.