A pensioner with diabetes says he can no longer get the medication he needs through the NHS because people who want to lose weight have left slim pickings.
John Noble (79) was using semaglutide to control his Type 2 diabetes. The drug is sold under the brand names Ozempic, Wegovy and Rybelsus and has been made popular for weight loss by celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Elon Musk.
The drug is available to people with Type 2 diabetes through the NHS but John has been told by his GP that there is a national shortage as the drug has become so popular and won’t be available on the NHS until next year at the earliest.
John, who stays in Livingston, said he had been using semaglutide for around two years, with great success. He said: “I’m really concerned.