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Should Medicare pay for Ozempic for weight loss?

For centuries, the problem was humans had insufficient calories to sustain a healthy weight. The majority of humanity was malnurished.

In the 1960s, slightly over 10% of the US population was obese. Now it's closer to 45%. And now we're told that for almost half the population eating a healthy diet wont' do the trick. You need to shell out $1,000/month for a poorly understood drug that's laced with serious side effects. Ergo you need to take out a 2nd mortgage for the remainder of your life.

Of course the irony is the demographic cohort who suffers the highest rates of obesity are the poor. Medicare and insurance doesnt' have the resources to pay for this (given almost half of their customers are obese) so the poor will get left out.

They can watch Oprah inject and look great? While eating processed crap, sports drinks, blah blah blah.

The popular weight loss drug Wegovy will now be covered under Medicare — but not for weight loss

The FDA expanded the approved use of Wegovy this month to include reducing the risk of serious heart problems

ByBruce Gil, Quartz Media

Mar 22, 2024

Medicare will start covering the popular weight loss drug Wegovy for patients who are prescribed the medication as a way to reduce their risk of serious heart events such as heart attacks and strokes, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Thursday.

“CMS has issued guidance to Medicare Part D plans stating that anti-obesity medications that receive FDA approval for an additional medically accepted indication can be considered a Part D drug for that specific use,” a CMS spokesperson told Reuters in an emailed statement.

The new guidance comes about a week after federal regulators expanded the approved use of Wegovy to include reducing heart risks for adults who are obese or overweight.

The highly coveted medication belongs to the same class of drug as diabetes medication Ozempic, which is also known for its weight loss side effects.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the approved use of Wegovy on March 8, months after its maker Novo Nordisk announced results from a clinical trial that found the drug cut the risk of serious heart events by 20%.

Ozempic — also produced by Novo Nordisk — is already covered by Medicare.

Wegovy supply is still behind

The news could make it harder for patients to fill their prescriptions, as Novo Nordisk has had a difficult time meeting skyrocketing demand for the drug. Since May 2023, Novo Nordisk has been limiting starter doses to ensure there is enough supply for patients already on the drug.

The company announced in February that in an effort to address a shortage of Wegovy, it acquired three facilities from its company’s largest shareholder Novo Holdings for $11 billion. The deal was made in connection with Novo Holdings’s acquisition of the drug manufacturing company Catalent.

Novo Nordisk said in a statement that the acquisition will increase the company’s production capacity from 2026 and onwards.

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