Semaglutide: the risks of the weight loss drug

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  • Author, Essay
  • Role, BBC News World
  • March 20, 2023

Businessman Elon Musk claims that he has already used semaglutide and, according to some US media, starting this treatment has become “Hollywood’s worst kept secret”.

It is a weight loss injection whose popularity is growing in many parts of the world and whose doses are even missing in some pharmacies.

The drug — sold under the brand names Wegovy, Ozempic and Rybelsus — is used to treat type 2 diabetes and, more recently, has begun to be approved in various parts of the world as a new option for weight loss.

In the United Kingdom, it has just been released for use in the National Health Service, known by its acronym in English NHS.

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