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Most Patients Using Weight-Loss Drugs Like Wegovy Stop Within a Year, Data Show

Medical weight-loss locations have skyrocketed, driven by semaglutide medications. But a recent article from Chad Terhune, for Reuters, calls into question its staying power:

Only about one-third of patients prescribed a popular weight-loss drug like Novo Nordisk’s (NOVOb.CO) Wegovy were still taking it a year later, while total healthcare costs for the group rose sharply, according to an analysis of U.S. pharmacy claims shared with Reuters.

The annual cost of overall care for patients prior to taking Wegovy or a similar drug was $12,371, on average, according to the analysis. The full-year cost after starting the medication jumped by 59% to $19,657, on average.