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Wegovy Maker Novo Nordisk Sues Nine Spas, Clinics and Pharmacies Over Copycat Drugs

Summary of article from Reuters, by Patrick Wingrove:

Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company, has filed lawsuits against nine more U.S. entities, including medical spas, wellness clinics, and pharmacies, for selling products that allegedly contain semaglutide, the key ingredient in its weight-loss drug Wegovy. This brings the total lawsuits to 21 since June, targeting sellers of purported copycat versions of semaglutide. The recent lawsuits were filed in federal courts across six states, with some defendants accused of selling products directly to patients without medical prescriptions and others of selling products with no semaglutide or of lower strength than advertised. Novo Nordisk also found high levels of impurities in some products, posing significant health risks to patients. This legal action mirrors similar steps taken by Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk’s main competitor in the obesity drug market, against entities selling products claiming to contain tirzepatide, the active ingredient in its weight-loss drug Zepbound.