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Study links weight-loss drug to rare eye condition

Study links weight-loss drug to rare eye condition

Novo Nordisk, the company that makes the drug, said patient safety was “a top priority” but the study had lots of limitations. Trials show semaglutide can help people with obesity lose more than 10% of their body weight, if they also make changes to diet and lifestyle. There has been huge hype around the drug […]

Lawmakers seek balance between drug costs and innovation

Lawmakers seek balance between drug costs and innovation

Reps. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) said policy makers need to strike a balance between savings and innovation in the wake of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which was passed about two years ago. Peters, who represents San Diego, where several drug outfitters are based, has often pushed back against his party’s bolder […]

Top doctor alarmed by weight-loss drug misuse

Top doctor alarmed by weight-loss drug misuse

NHS England’s medical director says he is alarmed by reports that people are using weight-loss drugs as “a quick fix” to lose a few pounds and get “beach-body ready” this summer. Professor Stephen Powis said the side-effects of the drugs could be dangerous, and they needed to be used under medical supervision. Interest in Wegovy, […]

FDA panel backs Eli Lilly's Alzheimer's drug

FDA panel backs Eli Lilly's Alzheimer's drug

A federal advisory panel on Monday voted in favor of recommending Eli Lilly’s new drug that is under consideration for its potential to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee met Monday to discuss Eli Lilly’s donanemab. The committee’s voting members were […]

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans have reported losing someone to a drug overdose: Study

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans have reported losing someone to a drug overdose: Study

Roughly one in every three Americans have reported knowing someone who has died of a drug overdose, a new survey found. The poll, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, found that 32 percent of people have known someone who has died of a drug overdose. Those who reported knowing someone […]

NHS offers life-saving drug for stiff heart condition

NHS offers life-saving drug for stiff heart condition

About 1,500 people in England with ATTR-CM could now be eligible for the treatment. This rare heart condition typically starts to show in adulthood and gets worse over time as the heart tissue thickens and stiffens. Its symptoms include: shortness of breath palpitations and abnormal heart rhythms ankle swelling, fatigue, fainting and chest pain Ultimately, […]

1 in 8 adults has taken Ozempic or other GLP-1 drug: Survey

1 in 8 adults has taken Ozempic or other GLP-1 drug: Survey

A poll from the health policy nonprofit KFF found that 1 in 8 adults say they’ve taken a GLP-1 agonist, the obesity and diabetes medications that include Ozempic, Mounjaro and Zepbound. Among those surveyed, 12 percent said they had used a GLP-1 agonist, with 6 percent saying they’re currently using one. The majority — 62 […]

Senate Finance Committee introduces legislation aimed at fixing drug shortages

Senate Finance Committee introduces legislation aimed at fixing drug shortages

The Senate Finance Committee introduced bipartisan legislation Friday aimed at preventing and reducing generic drug shortages by leveraging Medicare and Medicaid programs. The draft legislation proposes the creation of a “Medicare Drug Shortage Prevention and Mitigation Program” that would encourage improved contracting and purchasing practices in the drug supply chain. The program would begin in […]

Sanders launches investigation into 'unacceptable' diabetes, weight loss drug prices

Sanders launches investigation into 'unacceptable' diabetes, weight loss drug prices

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on Wednesday launched an investigation into the “outrageously high prices” of Novo Nordisk’s respective diabetes and weight loss drugs, Ozempic and Wegovy. On Wednesday, Sanders penned a letter to Novo Nordisk’s chief executive officer, Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, notifying him of […]

Drug dealers offer BBC team deadly opioids

Drug dealers offer BBC team deadly opioids

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