Private insurers and public payers have refused to cover obesity drugs--or foisted big copays onto patients--dragging down new drugs. So, when Takeda rolled out Orexigen's new obesity drug Contrave a few weeks ago, the Japanese drugmaker also rolled out a direct-delivery program, Direct Save.
In new late-stage data, Novo Nordisk's inaugural obesity drug spurred statistically significant weight loss compared to placebo, bolstering the company's case as it works to build a portfolio of such treatments.
ReShape Medical said about a year ago that it had positive U.S. pivotal obesity data for its ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon. Now it has offered a glimpse of that data for the first time, ahead of an FDA review that's expected to come during the first half of 2015.
Researchers from the National University of Singapore have identified several potent inhibitors that selectively target FTO, a gene that has been associated with fat mass and obesity in certain people.
Researchers have identified a hormone that is associated with fructose, fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), which increases rapidly in the blood after fructose ingestion. High FGF21 levels in the blood are associated with obesity, insulin resistance and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in both humans and animals.
Novo Nordisk has made it official: The Danish drugmaker is making a full-fledged go at obesity R&D, looking to build a Seattle hub and hire some investigators as it expands its research palate.
Novo Nordisk has made it official: The Danish drugmaker is making a full-fledged go at obesity R&D, looking to build a Seattle hub and hire up some investigators as it expands its research palate.
Analysts have been waiting--and waiting--for drugmakers to realize the growth they've predicted for the obesity market. And with a couple of pharma companies preparing to pony up R&D and marketing resources for their obesity products, it could finally be on the way.
In the midst of its first major foray into treating obesity, Novo Nordisk is liking what it sees in the space, and now the Danish giant plans to hire hundreds of researchers in a gambit to develop new treatments for the global scourge.
More than three long years after Orexigen was turned back at the FDA and forced to do a costly late-stage safety study of its weight drug Contrave, the agency has come back and given its seal of marketing approval to the drug.