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Reduced price of Trulicity in South Africa

A recent announcement on the radical reduction in price of dulaglutide (Trulicity) will be welcomed by prescribers in South Africa.

The DISCOVER study by Dr Adri Kok and others, published in 2021, of the patterns of diabetes management in South Africa in both the public and private sector shows sub-
optimal use of first and second-line glucose-lowering therapy.

This means that many patients are not receiving the benefits of newer anti-diabetic agents
that lower cardiovascular risk.

Since healthcare systems aim to maximise the health of the population they are caring for, whether it is in the state or private sector, and must often work within constrained budgets, choosing therapies that are both effective and cost-effect is vital.

What GLP-1 RAs are for

These newer drugs can be used to slow down the development of cardiovascular (heart) disease. You can read more about it here – Do people with diabetes need to worry about heart health?

At the links below you’ll find some recent accredited reports from South African experts, on the benefits and recommended usage of GLP-1 RA.
GLP-1 RAs and cardiovascular protection for your type 2 diabetes patient
Simplicity and control – cardiometabolic effects of GLP-1 RA in type 2 diabetes

Trulicity is related to Victoza, which we’ve written about before.

Trulicity contains the active drug dulaglutide. Victoza contains the active drug liraglutide. Dulaglutide and liraglutide belong to the same drug class: glucagon-like peptide-1 agonists. (A drug class is a group of medications that work in a similar way.)


If you’re living with Type 2 diabetes, you can ask your doctor if Trulicity is a good option for you.


  1. Kok A, Hariram A, Webb D, et al. Patterns of diabetes management in South Africa: baseline and 24-month

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  1. There is a national shortage of Trulicity at the moment. The manufacturers said:

    Ozempic and Trulicity are the two GLP-1 medications.
    Ozempic went out of stock earlier this year (globally), so everyone switched to Trulicity, and demand for Trulicity was 5 times the normal.
    They are now trying to catch up on demand, and bringing more stock in every month. They believe the issue will be resolved early next year at the latest.

    • Are you referring to 2022 (this year)? Who are ‘they’ who are trying to get stock monthly please?

      • Yes, this year. The manufacturers are trying to get stock into the country because there’s been such a shortage.

        • Nav Nav

          Can you please advise who has stock in SA, every pharmacy I have been to does not know when they will be getting stock.

          • Unfortunately we haven’t been told – apparently there’s a nationwide shortage that will be resolved in early 2023. Very frustrating, I’m sure!

    • Marlene Marlene

      Can we please het a update on trulicity. Cant find anything since 2023

  2. Merle Merle

    What is happening with Trulicity in South Africa. Please advise.

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