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Brand name: Ozempic TM

Active ingredients: semaglutide

What it is used for

Ozempic is indicated for the treatment of adults with insufficiently controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus as an adjunct to diet and exercise:,- as monotherapy when metformin is not tolerated or contraindicated.,- in addition to other medicinal products for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Subcutaneous. This medicine is injected, usually with a short needle or pen-like device, into the fat just beneath the skin.

  • Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Refrigerate
  • Do not Freeze
  • Shelf lifetime is 36 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear and colourless solution

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on September 1, 2023. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient semaglutide

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

This medicine is under additional monitoring as it is new or being used in a different way. You can help identify new safety information by reporting any side effects you may get.

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About the Ozempic (semaglutide) shortage 2022 and 2023 | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

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Ozempic For Weight Loss (Semaglutide) - MyDr.com.au

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Diabetes Australia stands up for people with type 2 as Ozempic shortage hits Australia - Diabetes Australia

Due to a nationwide shortage of Ozempic, health professionals have now been asked to only prescribe and dispense Ozempic to adults living with type 2 diabetes.

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Update: Prescribers advised not to start new patients on Ozempic | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

Read advice about not prescribing Ozempic to new patients unless there are no suitable alternatives or there is a compelling clinical reason.

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Counterfeit semaglutide vials | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

The TGA has detected fake semaglutide, also known as Ozempic, being illegally imported into Australia.

Read more on TGA – Therapeutic Goods Administration website

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