Patients seeking novel weight loss drugs find a ‘wild west’ of online prescribers

With enthusiasm for a new class of weight management drugs has come dozens of telehealth companies ready to prescribe them.

Briana Lawson was ready to knock her diabetes into remission. For years, the 47-year-old health care consultant had treated her high blood sugar with metformin. But to avoid a lifetime of medication, she knew she’d need to lose weight. She’d tried fad diets, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, and had even considered surgery when the results didn’t stick. When she started reading about GLP-1 receptor agonists — which, last year, became the first new FDA-approved chronic weight management drug since 2014 — she was ready to give them a try.

“Once I was ready to consider the GLP-1s and did a lot of research,” said Lawson, “then I had to figure out, how do I get it?”

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