How much does Wegovy cost?

Wegovy gained attention for its potential to aid in weight loss but until recently was not available in the UK. Now that it has officially launched comes the question of affordability. In this article, we'll explore how much Wegovy costs, factors influencing its price, and how it compares to other weight loss options.
Simon Lovick
1/24/2024
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Quick summary

Wegovy is now available in the UK. 

Novo Nordisk announced on 4th September 2023 that a limited supply of Wegovy will be made available to individuals who meet the The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) eligibility criteria through the NHS or privately through registered healthcare providers.

How much will Wegovy cost in the UK?

The cost of Wegovy will vary depending on where you are purchasing it from but a 28 day supply which would be 4 weeks of injectable pens would cost around £200-300 a month. 

With Habitual, your plan includes a dedicated Patient Care Team, a custom-built tracking app, access to peer support groups, and content + exercises to help you make lasting life changes.

How much does each injection cost?

Wegovy is administered weekly which means each injection costs your monthly (28 day) plan amount divided by 4 so £200/4 = £50 per injection or £300/4 = £75 per injection.

Will the cost of Wegovy increase as my dose increases?

Wegovy is available in 0.25mg, 0.5mg, 1.0mg, 1.7mg, 2.4mg semaglutide. Higher doses are likely to cost slightly more because the cost of the medication increases when the doses get higher.

If you are moved up to a higher dose then will always let you know in advance what the cost of your plan will be.

Will Wegovy cost more than Ozempic?

Ozempic and Wegovy are both injectable medications that contain semaglutide, but they differ in their dosages and indications. 

Both are taken once a week but Wegovy is a higher-dose of semaglutide. Ozempic contains either 0.25mg, 0.5mg, or 1mg and is primarily used to improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. Wegovy can contain a maximum of 2.4mg of semaglutide and is indicated for chronic weight management in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m² or greater, or a BMI of 27 kg/m² or greater, with at least one weight-related comorbidity, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, or dyslipidemia.

It’s likely that the price of a Wegovy plan will be similar to that of Ozempic when comparing the same doses and could cost more for the higher doses. 

Read more about the differences between Ozempic and Wegovy.

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Where can you buy Wegovy?

Now that Wegovy has officially launched it will be available through the NHS and privately through registered healthcare providers like Habitual. Individuals will need to meet eligibility criteria and availability will be based on the current supply, which is expected to start out as limited. You can buy Wegovy as part of a Habitual Medication Plan.

The Importance of Consultation

Before starting any weight management medication, it's crucial to have a thorough discussion with your healthcare provider. They can assess your individual needs, discuss potential side effects, and help you determine if Wegovy is the right choice for you. Additionally, they can provide guidance on managing the associated costs and explore your best options.

Choosing A Habitual Medication Plan

A Wegovy plan through Habitual includes all the tools and support you need to reach your health goals:

  • Prescription Wegovy pen, delivered every 4 weeks to your door
  • Access to our custom-built habit change and tracking mobile app
  • An optional peer support group on WhatsApp
  • Daily behaviour change content and exercises to help you make lasting changes

Find out more about our plans

Conclusion

Wegovy holds promise as a weight management medication, but its cost can be a significant consideration for individuals seeking this treatment. The price of Wegovy can vary based on your location, required dosage, and the drug's availability. To make an informed decision, it's essential to consult with your healthcare provider and explore your options.

Remember that while Wegovy may offer benefits in terms of weight management, a holistic approach to health, including diet and exercise, remains crucial for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Your healthcare provider can provide guidance on incorporating Wegovy into your overall wellness plan and help you make the best choices for your individual needs and circumstances.

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