Pharmacy Updates

November 2019

New Diabetes Drug Alert: Rybelsus (semaglutide)

On September 20, 2019, the FDA approved Rybelsus® (semaglutide) oral tablets to improve glycemic control in adults with Type II diabetes. Please read below for more information regarding this new drug, including important dosing information and its place in therapy (click to zoom in):

If you have any questions or concerns regarding GDMT for diabetes or would like resources for your practice (ex: GLP-1 agonist comparison chart), please feel free to contact the SVHP Pharmacist for additional resources. We hope to continue providing safe and excellent quality care for our mutual patients.


1. Rybelsus® Prescribing Information. Novo Nordisk. Accessed November 2019.
2. Husain M, Birkenfeld AL, Donsmark M, et al. Oral semaglutide and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2019;381(9):841-851. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1901118.
3. Gardner, J. Novo gains approval for first oral diabetes drug of its kind. Accessed November 2019.
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