GP clinic’s compounded semaglutide scripts raise TGA alarm

Dr Matthew Vickers said telehealth providers were following the lead of other doctors.
Sarah Simpkins
Dr Matthew Vickers.

The worldwide semaglutide shortage has sparked an ’emerging trend’ of telehealth platforms offering to prescribe locally compounded versions of the drug to treat obesity, the TGA says.

Eucalyptus, which runs telehealth platforms Juniper and Pilot, says it has two ‘partner pharmacies’ that will produce compounded semaglutide for its GPs to prescribe amid a global shortage of Novo Nordisk’s Ozempic.