Posts Tagged ‘unmet medical need’

A Surge in Pediatric Obesity Treatment? Or a Small Uptick?

February 17, 2024 — Reporting for Reuters, Robin Respaut and Chad Terhune tell us that prescription data in the U.S. reveals increasing use of semaglutide for obesity in adolescents. Does this signal a huge surge in pediatric obesity treatment? Or merely a small uptick from almost negligible access to care? That all depends on the story you want to […]

2023: The Year Ozempic Took Over the World, for Better or Worse

December 26, 2023 — In the New Yorker, Dhruv Khullar calls 2023 “the year of Ozempic.” Then in Vox, Constance Grady puts it right up there with Barbie, calling this “the year of Ozempic bodies and Barbie Botox.” The New York Times puts it at the very top of five health lessons we learned in 2023. Most notably, Science […]

Pricing Childhood Obesity While Discounting the Future

July 4, 2023 — JAMA Pediatrics has a pair of new papers today on the cost of childhood obesity. One of them adds up the medical expenses incurred by youth aged 2 to 19. The other editorializes about determining the value of interventions to manage weight. Both of them focus on pricing childhood obesity in the present while discounting […]

Are Semaglutide Supply Shortages Over?

February 3, 2023 — This is a story that’s been on repeat for well over a year. Novo Nordisk announced its business results for the full year of 2022 this week and declared that supply issues with Wegovy are over – almost. But the fact is that it’s not at all clear that the problem of supply shortages for […]

A Strained Supply of Obesity and Diabetes Meds

November 7, 2022 — There’s a clue in the strained supply of new obesity and diabetes meds that most everyone is missing. For more than a year now, Novo Nordisk has been unable to produce and distribute an adequate supply of semaglutide in the form of Wegovy for the treatment of obesity. This has knock-on effects. So supply of […]

Are State Health Plans Serious About Obesity?

July 28, 2022 — State and federal experts on health are quite happy to talk about the serious health concern of obesity. But we can’t help wondering about the action that results from that talk. So it’s worthwhile to take a good look at what state health plans do for people affected by obesity. According to a new study […]