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Novo Nordisk Introduces Wegovy in the UK Amid Supply Challenges

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Novo Nordisk A/S (NVO) has announced the launch of Wegovy (semaglutide injection 2.4mg) in the UK on September 4th, 2023, implementing a controlled and limited approach to address supply constraints related to Wegovy.

Wegovy, a GLP-1 receptor agonist, gained initial approval in the United States in 2021 as a weight management treatment for individuals living with obesity. It is indicated for both adults and pediatric patients aged 12 years and older.

Expanding Availability of Wegovy in the UK

Joining the United States, Norway, Denmark, and Germany, the UK becomes the fifth country where Novo Nordisk has launched Wegovy. The company aims to provide an additional treatment option for individuals living with obesity in the UK, working collaboratively with healthcare providers to achieve this objective.

According to NVO, Wegovy will be made accessible in the UK through two channels. The first channel involves specialist NHS weight management services for individuals who meet the National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) criteria. Additionally, the drug will be available privately through registered healthcare professionals.

Furthermore, Novo Nordisk plans to provide dietary and exercise support to patients receiving Wegovy through the specialist NHS services by establishing a multidisciplinary team.

Challenges with Supply and Concerns of Inequality

Novo Nordisk acknowledges that the supply of Wegovy will remain constrained for the foreseeable future. Consequently, the company has decided to allocate a portion of the available supply in the UK exclusively for use within the NHS, to enable healthcare professionals to adhere to NICE guidance.

However, according to a Reuters article, medical experts in the UK are expressing concerns that wealthy individuals may have easier access to Wegovy compared to those relying on the countryโ€™s state-run health service. The availability of Wegovy in the private market, combined with increasing demand, is expected to drive up prices for the drug, potentially exacerbating health inequality in the country.

Competition in the Market

The growing demand for Wegovy has both positive and negative implications for Novo Nordisk. On one hand, the company has increased its sales and operating profit guidance based on Wegovy prescription trends. However, Novo Nordisk is struggling to meet demand outside of the United States, even with increased production capacity.

If supply issues persist, the company risks losing market share to competitors like Pfizer and Eli Lilly in the obesity and diabetes care market.

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