Posts Tagged ‘obesity medicines’

ECO2024: Four Years of Semaglutide Heart and Weight Benefits

May 14, 2024 — How long? So many questions about advanced obesity medicines center on this line of inquiry. How long must I take these medicines, how long will their benefits last. Yesterday we learned at ECO2024 that four years of semaglutide offers impressive benefits for a person’s weight and heart health. Nature Medicine published data on weight outcomes […]

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 […]

Can Obesity Medicines Improve Population Health?

April 27, 2024 — To open Obesity Medicine 2024 yesterday, David Arterburn presented a brilliant perspective on the radical paradigm shift and price wars that lie ahead in obesity care. Along the way, he explained how he believes that better obesity medicines can help meet a fundament goal of healthcare: to improve population health. He described the future of […]

Anticompetitive Pricing for Diabetes and Obesity Drugs

April 4, 2024 — We have much to learn from a recent crisis of escalating insulin prices. This is the bottom line of a new paper in Diabetes Care. In short, multifaceted public policy action eased that crisis. So it has important implications for issues with anticompetitive pricing of diabetes and obesity medicines broadly. Anticompetitive Pricing Practices Authors Kathryn […]

Obesity Medicine Wasn’t Born Yesterday, Ya Know

March 27, 2024 — Much of the world is having a revelation. Stat News call is a revolution. So does Oprah. They are waking up to a very basic fact that we’ve been working with for decades now. Obesity is a chronic, treatable disease. Obesity medicine wasn’t born yesterday. But it has, at times, been lonely. Arthur Frank, a […]

Is Medical Care Becoming a Luxury?

February 8, 2023 — “I can’t afford to spend any more time here [in the hospital]. I don’t have the money.” These are the words of a victim in the mass shooting at Half Moon Bay, California, last month. It points to an uncomfortable truth. Increasingly, medical care is becoming a luxury. Helaine Olen describes it for the Washington […]

Missing the Human Dimension of Obesity

September 17, 2022 — Yesterday, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review conducted an impressive public hearing on the effectiveness and value of obesity medicines. ICER deserves credit for developing a complex and remarkably transparent model for objectively evaluating this. However, caution is necessary. This model is sufficiently complex to obscure two important facts about obesity and its treatment. […]