Where can I find Wegovy in stock?

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Reviewed by Yael Cooperman, MD, Ro, 

Written by Amelia Willson 

Yael Cooperman, MD - Contributor Avatar

Reviewed by Yael Cooperman, MD, Ro, 

Written by Amelia Willson 

LAST UPDATED: Nov 15, 2023

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Are you having trouble filling your prescription for Wegovy? You’re not alone. The drug’s popularity has outpaced supply, leading to a shortage of Wegovy across the United States.  

Wegovy is still available but you may find yourself doing a bit more work to find it. Read on as we share our best tips for finding Wegovy in stock.

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What is Wegovy? 

Wegovy (semaglutide) is an injectable prescription medication FDA-approved for promoting weight loss in people with overweight or obesity. When combined with diet and exercise, the medication has helped people lose between 15%–17% of their body weight in less than a year and a half.

Wegovy belongs to a class of drugs known as GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) receptor agonists. These medications work by mimicking GLP-1, a hormone produced naturally in your body that helps regulate your appetite and blood sugar levels. Wegovy leads to weight loss through a number of mechanisms, some of which researchers are still learning more about. These include:

  • Slowing down digestion by keeping food in your stomach longer, so you feel full sooner

  • Sending signals to your brain to tell you you’re full, leading you to stop eating

  • Reducing your cravings and appetite for certain foods

Wegovy may be prescribed to people with obesity (defined as having a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher) or those who are overweight, with a BMI of 27 or higher and a weight-related health condition such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or type 2 diabetes.

Wegovy is administered as a weekly injection under the skin in your abdomen, thigh, or upper arm. Each box of Wegovy contains a month’s supply of the medication, with four prescription pens that each contain a single dose of Wegovy. Typically, health providers recommend starting with a low 0.25 mg dosage of Wegovy. They will then likely titrate up your dosage over a period of weeks or months until you reach your maintenance dose, in order to minimize side effects and help your body get used to the medication. Wegovy is available in five dosage strengths, including 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 1.7 mg, and 2.4 mg.

Where can you get Wegovy? 

As a prescription medication, your first step to getting Wegovy is making an appointment with a healthcare provider. You can meet with your primary care provider or a specialist in obesity medicine. Or, you can meet with a licensed healthcare professional through an online weight loss program like Ro Body. Once you have a prescription for Wegovy, you can get Wegovy at your local pharmacy or online. 

Most national pharmacy chains — including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Costco, and Walmart — carry Wegovy, as do many smaller local pharmacies. If you choose to fulfill your prescription through an online pharmacy, take care to confirm that it is legitimate and trustworthy. If the answer to the following four questions is yes, then you should be good to go:

  • Does the pharmacy require a prescription to fill your medication?

  • Does it have a physical address and telephone number based in the U.S.?

  • Does it have a licensed pharmacist on staff?

  • Is it licensed with a state board of pharmacy? (You can quickly check this on the FDA’s BeSafeRX website.)

Where can I find Wegovy in stock? 

As we mentioned, there is currently a shortage of Wegovy, so your best bet to find Wegovy in stock is to call around to local pharmacies. Given the Wegovy shortage, it is not abnormal to have to call multiple pharmacies before you find one that has Wegovy in stock. At Ro, our Operations team typically calls at least 5–10 pharmacies, or more, before we find one that has an adequate supply for our patient. 

Many pharmacies also offer home delivery services, sometimes for free, which means you can expand your outreach to more than just the pharmacies close to your home. As long as they offer delivery, consider calling pharmacies outside of your typical commute.

Speaking of finding pharmacies, there may be more near you than you realize. Sites like GoodRx can help you locate local pharmacies, in addition to showing you which ones currently offer coupons that can help you save on the cost of Wegovy

You can also fill your Wegovy prescription through an online pharmacy or weight loss program, like the Ro Body Program. First, you’ll make a telehealth appointment with one of our licensed healthcare providers. If they determine Wegovy (or another GLP-1 medication) is the best option for you, they’ll give you a prescription. Then, our insurance concierge will work with your insurance provider to try to get coverage for Wegovy and find a pharmacy that will fill your prescription. 

Additional features of our comprehensive weight loss program include: 

  • Metabolic testing

  • A personalized treatment plan

  • 1:1 health coaching

  • A step-by-step curriculum

  • Ongoing support from your provider

  • Insurance concierge services to help you get coverage

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When will Wegovy be back in stock? 

It’s unknown when the Wegovy shortage will be fully resolved and Wegovy will be widely available again. Novo Nordisk, the drug maker behind Wegovy, is currently prioritizing production of the two maintenance dosages of Wegovy, 1.7 mg and 2.4 mg. This way, people who are already taking Wegovy can continue to do so with little to no disruption.

The dosages of Wegovy that are more difficult to find are the lower dose strengths, including 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, and 1 mg. These dosage strengths are prescribed when someone is just beginning treatment with Wegovy. While these dosage strengths are still being produced, it is to a much lesser extent, so if you’re new to Wegovy, you may have a tougher time finding Wegovy in stock.

Novo Nordisk is doing what it can to increase production, including contracting with additional manufacturing facilities. Still, the company has not said when they expect the supply disruption to be over. In the meantime, you can check whether Wegovy is back in stock on the Novo Nordisk website, the FDA Drug Shortages list, and, of course, here at Ro, where we keep you up to date on everything Wegovy. 

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If you have any medical questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare provider. The articles on Health Guide are underpinned by peer-reviewed research and information drawn from medical societies and governmental agencies. However, they are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


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Current version

November 15, 2023

Written by

Amelia Willson

Fact checked by

Yael Cooperman, MD


About the medical reviewer

Yael Cooperman is a physician and works as a Senior Manager, Medical Content & Education at Ro.

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