Posts Tagged ‘anti-obesity medicines’

The Top 10 Most Read Posts of 2023 on ConscienHealth

December 21, 2023 — No two ways about it. This has been a big year of milestones in obesity and health. We and many others are still processing what we have witnessed in these past 12 months. But one way to gain perspective is to look at 2023 stats for the posts on ConscienHealth that you, a wise group […]

Reason and Emotion in Obesity Care for Young Persons

December 18, 2023 — Both reason and emotion play a role in obesity care for young persons. Feelings about this subject are strong. The experience of living with obesity is intense for families, children, and youth. Recent reporting makes this clear. Equally clear is reporting and new data that tell us we’re not coping with it very well. Severe […]

Pills and Pokes, Different People, Different Paths

December 17, 2023 — “Are you sure you want an Ozempic pill?” In the Atlantic, Yasmin Tayag poses this question. Back in June people were bubbling with enthusiasm at the prospect of an oral small molecule – orforglipron – that might work as well as injectable semaglutide. But Tayag offers caution that we share. One size, one approach, for […]

Public Pressure Building for Access to Obesity Medicines

December 14, 2023 — New research from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation offers a pretty clear picture. The research team sums it up succinctly. “Medicare doesn’t cover obesity drugs, but 76% of older adults think it should.” Yes, public pressure is building for access to obesity medicines. Survey Research of Adults 50 to 80 […]

What Comes from 88 Weeks of Tirzepatide? Or Stopping It?

December 13, 2023 — NB: An earlier version of this post reflected confusion of time periods in this study. We regret the error. “The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead,“ wrote John Maynard Keynes. But Keynes was obviously not a doctor. So his words don’t hold much sway […]

What Became of Trends We Expected to Shape 2023?

December 11, 2023 — “Prediction is difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” Niels Bohr and Yogi Berra both get credit for this pithy bit of wisdom, but the truth is that the proverbial expression has a Danish origin and an unknown author. So now that wit and wisdom emboldens us to look back at the trends we thought […]

As Zepbound Launches, Will Access to Obesity Meds Improve?

December 6, 2023 — The Zepbound brand of tirzepatide is now available in U.S. pharmacies. This is a big deal because this launch marks the emergence of serious competition for advanced obesity medicines. Even (or perhaps especially) in healthcare, money indeed makes the world go around and one of the best checks on greed is competition. So as Zepbound […]

Pfizer Hits a Speedbump with Danuglipron

December 2, 2023 — Dozens of new obesity medicines are in the pipeline for clinical development. Some folks are especially interested in oral medicines that are small molecules. They’re looking for something that offers a sharp contrast with the complex peptide molecules (like semaglutide) given by injection, which are expensive and hard to make. One of the small, orally […]

Is Openness Emerging for Better Access to Obesity Care?

November 27, 2023 — Truly, access to care for obesity is a tough slog. Not that it’s easy for any health condition. Obesity really is a special case, where medical care that can improve a person’s health often lies just out of reach. Bias about obesity is part of the problem. Fear of mounting medical costs is another. But […]

The Catch-Up Game Begins in Obesity and Diabetes Medicines

November 25, 2023 — Two weeks ago, a shift started in the public messaging about semaglutide supply issues that have dogged Novo Nordisk from the very beginning of launching a version of this drug (Wegovy) for obesity. Has the catch-up game in production capacity for obesity and diabetes medicines begun at last in earnest? At the beginning of November, […]