Medical Prescription Card Ozempic Use Surges Amid Supply Issues, Says CareCard

Published May 29, 2024

CareCard has seen a surge in users seeking discounts on Ozempic, as shortages of the popular medication are pushing up prices and leading some insurers to restrict access to the drug. Forced to pay privately, patients are turning to discount schemes to enable treatment.

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In early April, the makers of Ozempic, Novo Nordisk, confirmed shortages are likely to continue through 2024 and urged doctors to only prescribe treatments to patients already using the medication. Ozempic is a type-2 diabetes medication that helps regulate blood sugar levels. It works as an effective appetite suppressant and in the last couple of years became popular with dieters due to its convenient weekly dose schedule and frequent news stories about celebrity usage.

Increased prices are causing restrictions with insurers, forcing some patients to fund their existing treatments privately. A diabetic patient, covered by Medicare and allergic to alternative medications, saw their weekly dose cost jump from $7 to over $70 when paying out of pocket.

Patients are looking to services such as CareCard to reduce the financial impact of these supply shocks. Across the US, CareCard enables discounts between 10-14% on Ozempic through bulk pricing agreements at independent stores and major retail chains.

CareCard provides free discount prescription services for individuals in the US and Puerto Rico regardless of medical insurance coverage. Since 2022 the company's mobile application has assisted users in tracking prices and finding the best deals at local pharmacies.

A CareCard spokesperson said "Medications can be expensive, and sometimes insurance doesn't cover everything or give you the best price. A prescription discount card can be a better option to make essential medications more accessible without breaking the bank, ensuring you get necessary medicines without unnecessary stress."

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