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Either due to cost or ongoing shortages, people are seeking alternatives to the brand name medications Ozempic and Wegovy, both of which contain the active ingredient semaglutide, NBC News tells us. And some people are turning to compounding pharmacies for the hard-to-get weight-loss drugs. Novo Nordisk, the sole manufacturer of Ozempic and Wegovy and the patent-holder of semaglutide, said in a statement that it does not provide the ingredient to these pharmacies, leading some experts to question where pharmacies are sourcing the drug — and whether it is semaglutide at all.


Although the American Academy of Pediatrics two months ago released its first formal clinical practice guidelines centered on the screening and treatment of young patients with obesity, there is still no consensus on how best to approach obesity in children, STAT explains. While some praised the guidelines, others complain there is a focus on weight instead of health, a lack of clarity or directness about who the recommendations are for, too little input from various subspecialists, a reliance on mediocre or limited data, and a downplaying of the long-term implications of drug treatment and surgery.

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