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  • Writer's pictureRichard Vaughn

Self-Insured Businesses are Getting Pounded by High Cost “Miracle Weight Loss Drug” Ozempic

Weight loss drugs are no doubt trending, and they may be the answer for a growing

number of people struggling with their weight, but the costs are high for self-insured

employers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 74

percent of adults in the United States are overweight and some may be turning to the

popular drug Ozempic, an FDA-approved prescription medication for people with

type 2 diabetes.

Although unofficially termed “weight loss drugs,” Ozempic and Wegovy are made up of the active ingredient semaglutide that helps regulate blood-sugar levels. Research suggests that people who take semaglutide experience a reduction in hunger, appetite, and cravings and subsequently experience weight loss. But this result some people are craving comes with a high price. According to some patients, the drug has been listed for more than $1600 a month.

Employers have historically just accepted the costs their PBM tells them to pay for

Ozempic and other high cost drugs. But with healthcare costs skyrocketing, employers

need a more cost effective solution before their business simply can’t keep up.

Employers can find health care cost relief by turning to Rescription. Rescription’s model

is a full PBM replacement prescription drug program that offers dramatic cost savings to

employers. Rescription partners with Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH), which

are eligible for government-sponsored preferred pricing to ensure the most favorable

pricing available in the marketplace. This prescription drug model offers real-time

visibility into all drug pricing and eligibility information, and ensures patients receive the

medications they need at a price their employer can afford. To date, Rescription’s model

is helping employers see on average 70% savings on high-cost prescription drugs, even in-demand drugs like Ozempic.

Rescription’s PBM replacement model is seamless. The sophisticated team provides

the technology, claim servicing, administrative, and retail network infrastructure.

Combined with partnerships with the local health system’s pharmacy, specialists, and

preferred pricing, a complete network is created where patients get lower costs for the

medications they need at a price that doesn’t break the bank for their employer.

Contact the team at to discuss how you can implement the Rescription model for your business.



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