Lilly Launches Home Delivery Service for Zepbound

Eli Lilly and Company announced the launch of a new telehealth service for American patients that includes home delivery of the latest weight loss drug, Zepbound.

The new platform, LillyDirect, is tailored for patients living with obesity, migraine, and diabetes, chronic conditions affecting tens of millions of Americans.

In LillyDirect's digital pharmacy, patients will be able to order prescribed medications and get them delivered to their doorsteps free of charge.

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The new platform also allows patients to connect with healthcare providers who will determine eligibility for a prescription via Form Health, an online medical weight loss clinic.

"We know that people have come to depend on the efficiency and convenience of digital solutions to meet a variety of their everyday needs — healthcare being one of them," said Frank Cunningham, group vice president of global value and access at Lilly, in a statement.

Lilly became the first pharmaceutical company to offer its weight loss drugs via telehealth, causing concerns about the possible conflict of interest due to its financial stake.

Better access to Zepbound

The news comes two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lilly's new drug Zepbound (tirzepatide) for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight with at least one weight-related condition.

In clinical trials, the highest dose of Zepbound led to up to a 22.5% reduction in body weight over the course of 72 weeks.

The drug belongs to a novel class of medications called GLP-1 agonists, type 2 diabetes and obesity drugs. Initially developed for diabetes, GLP-1 agonists like Ozempic are increasingly used off-label for weight loss, resulting in shortages in the U.S. and Europe.

As the demand for weight loss drugs only increases, Zepbound is no exception. U.S. prescriptions for the drug reached 22,335 in the week ending Dec. 22 after it became available on pharmacy shelves in early December, according to data from prescription tracker Iqvia.

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GLP-1 agonists are highly effective, but their use may increase the risk of bowel obstruction, stomach paralysis, and inflammation of the pancreas, according to a recent study.

Moreover, the pounds shed using tirzepatide may quickly return, according to a recent study sponsored by Lilly. It found that the participants who discontinued the drug regained 14% of their weight within a year, and the improvements in cardiometabolic risk factors were reversed.

The list for Zepbound from Lilly is over $1,000, but the company says it may cost as little as $25 a month with commercial insurance.

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Peggy Jeffers
prefix 1 month ago
I have been on Zepbound, and tapering up and made it to 7.5, and not it is nowhere to be found. Since then, I have retired and have wellcare for prescriptions. I still desperately need to be on this medication, with little to no financial way to obtain it. I do know pharmaceutical companies do have ways to help with that. Is there anything available in my case?
It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Kristen Chona
prefix 1 month ago
I was prescribed zepbound 3 months ago and now up to the 7.5 mg i live in north carolina and cant find it anywhere. Has anyone got this medication online and trusted it?
Donald Province
prefix 2 months ago
How do I buy directly from Lilly?
Susan Marrin
prefix 2 months ago
Hi my Dr prescribed Zepbound last November and my insurance covers it now . I can’t seem to find it any where i ve been trying since Febuary of this year. I need 5 mg how can i get it ?
Valerie
prefix 2 months ago
I have been on Zepbound for 3 months. When my provided increased my dosage to 5 mg I have been unable to refill the medication at any of the pharmacies in my area.
Emma C Sublett
prefix 2 months ago
My insurance has already approved Zepbound and has been ordered by a cardiologist due to bmi high and the pharmacy that has been telling i was on a waiting list has been misleading now they want me to pay out of pocket and they would send me Zepbound from another manufacturer. I feel that they are just making money and like receiving (Kickbacks) from other resources. i have been waiting for 8 months and nothing my doctor has filed a grievance and yet the pharmacy are misleading . how can i get my prescription that has been authorized by my insurance without being lied too by pharmacy's?
Angela D Tovar
prefix 3 months ago
I have been prescribed Zepbound and right now my insurance covers it at 100% but I cannot seem to find a pharmacy that has it available. What can I do to get the prescription filled so that I can get started? Can I order directly from Lilly?? I have been prescribed 0.5 mg and I am covered through December 12, 2024. Please help me or direct me on what one can do to get their hands on the medication.

Thanks,