LONDON – Hold onto your hats, folks! Novo Nordisk, that bigwig from Denmark, has rolled out their game-changing weight-loss jab, Wegovy, right here in the UK. And boy, isn’t this their second showstopper in Europe in just over a wink? Though they’re zooming ahead, trying to paint the town red in Europe, they’re also racing to keep up with the rocketing demand.
Did you hear the buzz? Thanks to Wegovy and their other star player, the diabetes med Ozempic, Novo’s stocks are on fire! In fact, they’ve even knocked LVMH off their perch, ending their two and a half year strut as Europe’s top dog. Go, Novo!
This ain’t just any weight loss potion. Pair Wegovy with a little hustle on the treadmill and a pinch of healthy living, and voila! Folks have seen a whopping 15% drop in their weight. It’s already flying off the shelves in places like the US, Norway, Denmark, and recently, Germany. But here’s the rub: their struggle to meet the crazy U.S. demand means we’ve had to cool our heels waiting for it in most of Europe.
The top brass at Novo Nordisk admitted to Reuters, “It’s gonna be a marathon, not a sprint” before they can cater to everyone wanting a piece of the pie. They’ve got their ears to the ground, ensuring that those grappling with obesity can get their hands on it. And, just to sprinkle some cherry on top, the UK’s drug watchdog, NICE, gave it two thumbs up for adults meeting certain criteria.
You wondering where you can get it? Well, Novo spilled the beans that Wegovy would be up for grabs both through the NHS’s weight management scheme and from certified healthcare pros. As for the price tag or how much they’re letting loose in the UK? Mum’s the word on that. But just to give you an idea, folks across the pond are shelling out up to $1,350 a month for it!
It’s still a head-scratcher about the nitty-gritty of it being available privately. Novo did drop a hint, though: given the tight squeeze on supply, they’ll be setting aside a chunk especially for the NHS. Meanwhile, whispers are that the British government is cooking up plans for docs to hand out this weekly magic shot. And if you’ve been keeping an ear out, you’d know Wegovy was running low in Germany faster than you can say “Jack Robinson!”
Seems like Novo’s European dream is quite the wild ride!