Costco offers eligible members access to GLP-1 weight-loss drugs

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Some Costco members may soon want the retailer less popular $1.50 hot dog and soda meal.

Warehouse club and health care marketplace Sesame are now partnering to offer access to a weight loss program that includes clinically approved access to GLP-1 prescription medications, including Ozempic, Sesame said. As of April 2, Costco members can sign up for the service, which costs $179 for three months. It includes consultations with a clinician and a medically appropriate treatment plan, which may include medications.

“We are seeing important innovations in medically supervised weight loss,” David Goldhill, co-founder and CEO of Sesame, said in a press release Tuesday. “Sesame’s unique model allows us to not only make high-quality, specialized care like weight loss much more accessible and affordable, but also to enable clinicians to create specific care plans tailored to each patient.

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Costco did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The development comes almost six months after Sesame announced a partnership with Costco offering members virtual primary care for $29 in all 50 states.

Sesame, based in New York, is aimed at uninsured people and those with high deductibles who must pay cash. It does not accept health insurance to keep prices down.

The big-box retailer’s move follows similar moves by its competitors. Amazon provides remote access to third-party healthcare providers and Walmart operates in-store medical clinics.


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