The rise of Ozempic in America: What happens when a drug goes viral
Ozempic is a weekly injectable drug used to treat diabetes, but it can also help patients lose weight. That’s why it recently went viral on social media causing a shortage that left many patients without their medication.
With so many people wanting to use Ozempic, how hard is it to obtain? And what are the side effects and alternatives people should know about? For an overview, we surveyed over 1,000 Americans (including medical practitioners) about its use for weight loss and measured online search volume to see where people are looking for Ozempic and its alternatives.
- 15% of Americans have personally used Ozempic for weight loss, while 47% know someone who has.
- 70% of Americans say they could not afford to take Ozempic for weight loss.
Nearly a quarter of the Americans we surveyed (22%) have asked their doctor for an Ozempic prescription to help them lose weight. While social media might have inspired some people to request it (as was the case for 24% of our respondents), 41% said it was due to a doctor’s recommendation. Unfortunately, Ozempic’s sudden popularity may have left over half of Americans with diabetes struggling to get their medication.
Could this be more of a problem in certain parts of the United States? Let’s find out.