Costco Is Now Prescribing Ozempic, But Can It Actually Meet Demand?

If you're a dedicated Costco member and shopper, you know every experience at this grocery store can be unique.

From its famous rotisserie chicken and cult-favorite grocery finds to home items, beauty products, and even clothes, you can find virtually everything you need (and usually, a few things you don't) at Costco.

Now, the retailer has announced a brand-new weight-loss program that includes access to weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy for eligible members.

As first reported by USA TODAY, Costco has teamed up with its healthcare partner, Sesame, on the new weight-loss program, which is only being offered to Costco members in the U.S. at this time.

The program costs $179 per three months and includes clinical consultations, the freedom to choose your clinician, an initial video call with said clinician, a nutritional guide, and more.

(It's important to note that this $179 price does not include the cost of any prescriptions that may be written.)

Given the rising popularity of weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the key takeaway is that this program will likely make obtaining prescriptions for these drugs more available to Costco consumers.

David Goldhill, Sesame's co-founder and CEO, revealed to USA TODAY that, when applicable, the clinician may combine prescribing weight-loss drugs with medications, depending on availability.

"We are witnessing important innovations in medically supervised weight loss.

esame's unique model allows us not only to make high-quality specialty care like weight loss much more accessible and affordable but also to empower clinicians to create care plans that are specific to—and appropriate for—each individual patient," Goldhill told USA TODAY.