Posts Tagged ‘drug pricing’

What Will Be Hot or Not in 2024 for Obesity and Health

January 2, 2024 — The year we just finished saw quite a pivot in the science and policy we cover here. So what will we pivot toward in 2024? What will leave us cold? Here are our best educated guesses for what will be hot or not in 2024 for obesity and health. #1 Hot: Pricing Drug prices will […]

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 […]

Is Drug Pricing Policy Really Poised for Change?

December 10, 2023 — Something’s gotta give. In health policy, angst about drug pricing is a constant. Businesses that spend billions to discover and develop new drugs need prices that will be sufficient to pay back the costs incurred for the drugs that succeed, plus the costs of many more that fail. But those prices drive ever higher costs […]

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 […]

The Fake Line Between Obesity and Other Metabolic Disease

November 13, 2023 — Nestled in the midst of a lot of good news last week was a nasty reminder of a persistent problem. It’s the fake line that people persist in drawing between obesity and other metabolic disease. Lilly did it (with consent from FDA) when they decided to put a different brand name on tirzepatide for obesity. […]

Compounding, Biosimilars, Generics, and the Semaglutide Supply

October 30, 2023 — It leaves our heads spinning. Normal healthcare systems cannot keep up with the demand for a breakthrough in obesity treatment. The company, Novo Nordisk, which developed semaglutide for obesity treatment, has invested billions and now is reaping many billions of dollars in sales. But despite more than a decade of preparation, they can’t keep up. […]

The GLP-1 Windfall for Pharmacy Benefit Managers

October 24, 2023 — We have grown tired of the mindless repetition of a $1,350 monthly list price for Wegovy in endless news reports about the great expense of this very important new drug for obesity. Not because the drug isn’t expensive. But because that list price is not an accurate representation of what the drug really costs. So […]

OW2023: Five Things We Will Remember

October 19, 2023 — The week that was OW2023 is history now, leaving us to reflect on what we will remember from this gathering of the top minds in obesity science, clinical care, and health policy. The meeting comes at a pivotal time for obesity care, so we have much to learn from the people who came together here. […]

Pricing, Insurance, and Bias Driving Disparities in Obesity

September 3, 2023 — In the midst of an argument for lifestyle as the “cornerstone” for dealing with obesity, Frank Hu recently made a point with which we agree. He expressed the importance of GLP-1 agonists for obesity and warned that issues with access could bring wider health disparities. Because pricing of these drugs, health insurance, and weight-related biases […]

The Gaps in Wealth and Poverty, Obesity and Health

August 21, 2023 — If you are paying attention to the disparities in wealth, poverty, health, and obesity, you might note that there’s good news and bad news to be found right now. On the good news side of things, the global inequality of wealth shrank in 2022. That happened for two reasons. People in some of the poorest […]