(Reuters) – Novo Nordisk is pushing ahead with the launches of weight-loss drug Wegovy in Europe even as it struggles to keep up with demand.
The Danish drugmaker is working to convince European governments and insurers to reimburse the drug, seeking to position it as more than a lifestyle drug.Below are the countries where Wegovy has been launched so far:U.S.Wegovy was launched in the U.S.
in June 2021 but it took Novo until December 2022 to make all doses available there because of an initial production outage.The list price of four-week treatment is about $1,350, regardless of dosage, not taking any coupons and rebates into account.The weekly injections are started at 0.25 milligrams of active ingredient semaglutide and gradually increased to the maintenance dose of 2.4 milligrams.DENMARKWegovy was made available in all dose strengths in Denmark in early 2023.
A four-week supply of the maintenance dose costs 2,370.60 Danish crowns ($343.59).The public health care system in Denmark does not reimburse any weight-loss drugs and the country’s largest private health insurer, which insures roughly half the country’s population, will stop reimbursing weight-loss medication from January next year due to high demand.The Danish ministry of health has said reimbursing Wegovy would cost the state as much as $4 billion each year.NORWAYIn Norway, Wegovy was launched in all dose strengths in early 2023.
The four-week supply of the maintenance dose costs 2,775.30 Norwegian crowns ($261.13).Norwegian Medicines Agency said in January it would not subsidise the drug for treatment of obesity, saying the price would be too high in relation to the documented health effects.GERMANYWegovy was launched in Germany on July 29, priced at 301.91 euros ($325.97) for four weeks at maintenance dose.
Starter dose is priced at 171.92 euros for four weeks.The cost of the drug will not be reimbursed for about 90% of Germans covered by public health insurance plans, under a law that bans them from covering weight-loss drugs.For the 10% with private health insurance, coverage varies.
Insurer Allianz has said it would pay for the drug if the person treated is diagnosed with a medical need, while rival Debeka said its plans excluded weight-loss treatments.BRITAINWegovy was made available in Britain on Sept.
4, in what Novo called a “controlled and limited launch”.
The company has not specified the price or how much it would supply.Simple Online Pharmacy, a UK-based online pharmacy chain, said it would sell Wegovy in the range of 199 pounds to 299 pounds ($251-$377) including a consultation with a general practitioner, prescription and dispensing costs.Novo said the drug would be available both within the National Health Service’s weight management scheme and “privately through a registered healthcare professional”.($1 = 6.8995 Danish crowns)($1 = 10.6280 Norwegian crowns)($1 = 0.9262 euros)($1 = 0.7921 pounds)(Compiled by Agata Rybska and Elviira Luoma in Gdansk; Editing by Ludwig Burger and Milla Nissi) View comments