It is important to understand that Saxenda® is a prescription only medicine for people that meet a certain criteria after a consultation with a healthcare professional.
What is the price of Saxenda® in the UK?
Saxenda® is available privately in a pack of three or five pens. Typically a pack of five Saxenda® pens should cost between £250-£350.
Once established on Saxenda®, it is expected a course of five pens would last approximately 30 days.1
Some vendors may offer additional services such as having a nutritionist, personal training, one to one healthcare discussions, appropriate medical care, and an accompanying weight management programme, that would be in addition to the price of Saxenda®.
Is Saxenda® available on the NHS?
Saxenda® is currently available on the NHS in specialist services only and in accordance with the recommendations made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).2 Your healthcare professional will have more information on eligibility for treatment on the NHS.
How can I tell if the vendor is reputable and trustworthy?
The NHS advises that buying from unregistered pharmacies is potentially unsafe. Medication from such vendors is often sold cheaply online without a prescription or advice of a pharmacist. Products sold by unregistered pharmacies could also be dangerous if they are out-of-date, diluted or fake.3 However, it can be difficult to distinguish between registered online pharmacies and other commercial websites.
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPHC) operates an internet pharmacy logo scheme to identify legitimate online pharmacies.3
The registration number included on the logo can be checked on the GPHC website (https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/registers/pharmacy) to confirm that it is genuine and able to legitimately trade.
Any websites wishing to sell medicines online in the UK need to be authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). You can use their register (https://medicine-seller-register.mhra.gov.uk/) to check if a website is legally allowed to sell medicines to the public.
The Distance Selling Logo below must be displayed on every web page that offers to sell human medicines to the public.
Any clinic offering Saxenda® treatment from a medical professional should also be registered with the UK’s Care Quality Commission (CQC). Look out for the CQC logo. If online, a pharmacy registration number should be included on the website.
- NICE. Obese, overweight with risk factors: liraglutide (Saxenda). Product Overview. Evidence summary [ES14]. June 2017. Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/es14/chapter/Product-overview [Last accessed: 12 November 2020]
- NICE. Liraglutide for managing overweight and obesity. Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-ta10388 [Last accessed: 12 November 2020]
- NHS. Dangers of buying medicines online. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/pharmacies/dangers-of-buying-medicines-online/ [Last accessed: 12 November 2020]