risks compounded weight loss medications

Risks of Compounded Weight Loss Medications

At true. Women’s Health, we always prioritize our patients’ safety, and our team wants to address concerns about the weight loss medications from compounding pharmacies. The FDA, the Obesity Medical Association, and The Obesity Society have all submitted warnings against the use of generic versions of semaglutide, tirzepatide, and other hormonal weight-loss medications from compounding pharmacies. Their safety and effectiveness have not been regulated, and compounded weight loss medications could pose serious health risks to patients.

Are Compounded Semaglutide and Tirzepatide Legal?

If there’s a drug shortage, compounded versions become legal in the United States. In May 2023, the FDA included Ozempic and Wegovy on its shortages list, legalizing compounded versions of the drugs.

We understand the shortage of some weight loss medications is frustrating and has led some patients to investigate compounded options. Given the risks to patient health, however, compounded weight loss medications are not recommended by true. Women’s Health. Compounded drugs are not regulated by the FDA, meaning there is no assurance that medications purchased from compounding pharmacies are what they claim to be. The FDA says it has received reports of “adverse effects” from people who have taken these compounded weight loss medications.

We Want You To Be Safe First, Happy Second

At true. Women’s Health, our goal is always to ensure your safety first. We prescribe medications that are FDA-approved and right for you as an individual. Our team schedules follow-up assessments and monitors your progress with these medications. We want to empower patients in their wellness journey and equip them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions. Please feel free to ask us questions or request additional information about our position on this topic. 

Meet Dr. Celia Egan

Dr. Egan is Board-Certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine and also maintains membership in the Obesity Medicine Association and The Obesity Society. She works with each patient to determine the right treatment options for their unique needs and guides them on their weight journey. 

About true. Weight Journey 

true. Weight Journey helps you succeed in weight loss. Built by women for women, we work with you to make the most of your unique weight journey and help you build tools within yourself for lifelong success. Whether you want your clothes to fit better or you’re tired of counting calories, true. Weight Journey’s highly individualized system takes your health and your goals into consideration while creating your plan. Learn More