Posts Tagged ‘Novo Nordisk’

Can Novo Nordisk Dodge a Senate Subpoena on Pricing?

June 12, 2024 — Senator Bernie Sanders doesn’t want to let this go. Novo Nordisk isn’t eager to cut its thousand-dollar list price for Ozempic. Nor is it eager to face a grilling about this in the Senate. So yesterday, Sanders announced that the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee will vote next Tuesday on a subpoena for […]

The Necessary Scale for Obesity Care and Population Health

May 3, 2024 — Reports of first quarter business results from Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly this week leave no room for doubt. The utilization of obesity treatment is growing at a rate that has caught both of these companies by surprise. Wegovy sales more than doubled in the first quarter of 2024. On top of that, new prescriptions […]

Will We Always Have to “Keep Taking” Obesity Medicines?

April 26, 2024 — Perhaps the most persistent fault that people find with new obesity medicines is the need to keep taking them forever. “Nobody is ready ” for that, says Business Insider. “Patients hate forever drugs,” says the New York Times. And they have a point. Obesity medicine doctors are quick to say “suck it up.” That’s just […]

That Was Quick: Zepbound Supply Running Short

April 2, 2024 — We were hopeful. Shortly after launch, it seemed like Lilly was keeping up with the demand for Zepbound – the tirzepatide brand they’re selling for obesity. But it turns out that the overwhelming need for effective obesity medicine is outstripping the supply that both Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk can offer. Lilly told reporters on […]

Indication for Heart Health Marks a New Era in Obesity Treatment

March 9, 2024 — It’s official. FDA now says that semaglutide, in doses used to treat obesity, can prevent heart attacks, strokes, and deaths in persons with cardiovascular disease and overweight or obesity. This is nothing short of the dawn of a new era in obesity treatment. FDA Division Director John Sharretts said it clearly: “This patient population has […]

More News Points to Explosive Growth for GLP-1 Medicines

February 7, 2024 — Let’s be clear from the start. Hype about “weight loss” drugs is exquisitely unhelpful. This is because weight loss is only an acute effect of new medicines that act on GLP-1 receptors and related pathways that influence obesity. The real need for these medicines is to control a whole range of chronic health problems that […]

Buyer Beware: Compounded and Fake Semaglutide

January 9, 2024 — Unfortunately, we are facing the new year with a great demand for advanced new obesity medicines and an inadequate supply. On the FDA drug shortages website, all strengths of the Wegovy brand, except 2.4 mg, have limited availability. Both Wegovy and Ozempic are “currently in shortage.” This opens the door for compounded semaglutide and a […]

What Happens When Pharma Can’t Supply? Chaos

December 30, 2023 — FDA tells us we have a problem – actually two of them, and they’re connected to a third. First, counterfeit versions of the Ozempic brand of semaglutide injections are finding their way into pharmacies. These fakes present an inherent risk of problems with safety and effectiveness. Second, compounded versions of semaglutide are selling in some […]

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, […]

GLP-1 Supply Issues: Both Companies on Their Toes?

November 3, 2023 — Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly updated their investors yesterday on their performance through the third quarter of 2023 and the word is that they are “raking in cash” from their new medicines that work so well in obesity. Gobs of money seem to be flowing to both companies, but the stories they were telling about […]