Lilly’s Tirzepatide For Obesity Faces Uphill Road To Medicare Part D Acceptance
Eli Lilly’s drug could join Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy on the market in the next year or so as treatments offering significantly more weight loss than previous drugs have been able to. Could that open the door to greater access?
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Tirzepatide shows ability to produce a mean 52-pound weight loss at 72 weeks, setting up a market showdown with Novo’s Wegovy. Lilly’s quarterly call included reassurance about donanemab for Alzheimer’s and high growth for its COVID-19 antibody.
When Novo Nordisk’s anti-obesity medicine Wegovy launched in June 2021, patients and physicians could not get enough. As COVID-19 underscored the risks of obesity, along came the most effective drug yet – on a par with surgery, in terms of weight loss achieved. Pharma’s interest in this disease has reawakened, and Wegovy may be just the first of a new generation of more powerful anti-obesity medicines.
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