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Here's How to Spot Fake Ozempic
Here's How to
Spot Fake Ozempic

Here's How to Spot Fake Ozempic

WHO warns of counterfeit drugs hitting the US market

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has issued a global alert about counterfeit batches of Ozempic turning up in the US and abroad. Semaglutide, the active ingredient in Ozempic, treats type 2 diabetes by helping control blood sugar levels, but it also makes people feel full with less food, making it a...

Sanders: Why Does Ozempic Cost 10 Times More in US?

Drugmaker's boss agrees to appear at Senate hearing

(Newser) - Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, the chief executive of Novo Nordisk, agreed in a phone call with Sen. Bernie Sanders to testify before a Senate committee in September. He already knows what Sanders will ask: why Ozempic and Wegovy cost "10 to 15 times" more in the US than in...

This Ozempic Study Went So Well That It Was Stopped Early

Research finds semaglutide can cut risk of serious illness, death in those with diabetes, kidney disease

(Newser) - Semaglutide , the medication found in such brands as Ozempic and Wegovy, has become the drug of choice lately for weight loss. A new study, however, suggests it can also bring other significant benefits to users, including slashing the risk of serious kidney complications, heart problems, and even death in...

New Nestle Food Line Targets Ozempic Users

Company says customers want a 'sharper focus on portion control and nutrient balance'

(Newser) - Nestle is launching a new line of food for people who are eating less food. The company's new Vital Pursuit line of products is designed for people who are using Ozempic, Wegovy, and similar weight-loss drugs, known as GLP-1 medications, Fox Business reports. In a news release , the company...

Streisand Remark to Actor About Ozempic Creates a Brouhaha

Singer asked Melissa McCarthy online if she's been taking the drug for weight loss

(Newser) - What some are saying was likely an "innocuous" comment from one celebrity friend to another took off online this week, and now both players—singer Barbra Striesand and actor Melissa McCarthy—are addressing the controversy. More on what happened:
  • Initial tweet: On Monday, Spy and Bridesmaids star McCarthy posted

Costco Jumps on the Weight-Loss Bandwagon

Warehouse retailer now offers 3-month program that could include meds like Ozempic

(Newser) - Those long lines for $1.50 hot dog meals may be shrinking , but Costco could soon see a queue starting for its newest service: weight-loss management. CBS News reports that the warehouse retailer has teamed up with health care marketplace Sesame to offer Costco members access to a program that...

Oprah Talks Weight Loss Meds, 'Fighting Your Brain'

In TV special, Winfrey reveals her own struggles: 'Making fun of my weight was national sport'

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey's newest program starts streaming Tuesday on Hulu, with one topic center stage: dropping pounds. The much-hyped An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame, and the Weight Loss Revolution aired Monday night first on ABC, with Winfrey interviewing medical experts and patients alike about their experiences with weight loss medications...

Patients Discover Going Off Ozempic Is No Easy Road

One study saw people gain back two-thirds of weight lost within a year of stopping meds

(Newser) - Patients on GLP-1 drugs like Ozempic for weight loss often gain back the pounds they shed after they stop taking them. But continuing treatment indefinitely isn't viable for many, the Wall Street Journal reports, especially as insurance companies are shifting how freely they cover leading brands Wegovy, Zepbound, and...

Oprah's Got a Big Special on Weight Loss Coming Up

Winfrey will host ABC/Hulu program on using meds to drop pounds, to the chagrin of some

(Newser) - As WeightWatchers deals with the aftermath of Oprah Winfrey's exit , the TV icon is making her next big move on the weight-loss scene. CNN reports that Winfrey will host An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame, and the Weight Loss Revolution, set to be released later this month on ABC and...

Teen's Story Shows How Childhood Obesity Is Changing

'The Cut' profiles a Missouri girl who lost 80 pounds through surgery and drugs

(Newser) - Weight-loss drugs such as the popular Ozempic are quickly changing the way people shed unwanted pounds. At the Cut , Lisa Miller takes an in-depth look at a particular aspect of all this—what it's like to be an American girl in this era. The story focuses on 15-year-old Maggie...

It's Forecast to Be Bestselling Drug Ever. Now, a Big Caveat
It's Forecast to Be Bestselling
Drug Ever. Now, a Big Caveat

It's Forecast to Be Bestselling Drug Ever. Now, a Big Caveat

Study results show patients who went off Zepbound for a year regained half of weight lost

(Newser) - The full results from Eli Lilly's study of its newly approved weight-loss drug Zepbound serve as a splash of cold water in the face of those who believed a few dozen weekly injections would cause pounds to melt off and stay off. The FDA approved Zepbound, with the active...

People Are Reporting Ozempic Overdoses

Poison control centers say calls are up 1,500% since 2019

(Newser) - Poison control centers are increasingly fielding calls related to semaglutide, the injected diabetes medication that has surged in popularity as a weight loss drug. CNN reports that over the January to November period, America's Poison Centers logged 3,000 calls involving what is sold as Ozempic for diabetes and...

It's the 'Most Efficacious Drug Ever Approved for Obesity'

FDA approves Zepbound, new version of diabetes drug Mounjaro

(Newser) - A new version of the popular diabetes treatment Mounjaro can be sold as a weight-loss drug, US regulators announced Wednesday. NBC News reports the FDA approved Eli Lilly's Zepbound, or tirzepatide, a drug that helped dieters lose 22.5% of their body weight (or 52 pounds) in its phase...

Diabetes Drug Helped Dieters Lose Quarter of Body Weight
This Drug Is Like a 'Medical
Gastric Bypass' for Weight Loss

This Drug Is Like a 'Medical Gastric Bypass' for Weight Loss

Experts say Eli Lilly diabetes drug Mounjaro, aka tirzepatide, holds potential for treating obesity

(Newser) - The medicine in the diabetes drug Mounjaro helped people with obesity or who are overweight lose at least a quarter of their body weight, or about 60 pounds on average, when combined with intensive diet and exercise, a new study shows. By comparison, a group of people who also dieted...

Drugs Like Ozempic May Help People Stop Drinking

Researchers looking into anecdotal reports of curbed drinking, other addictive habits

(Newser) - The popular diabetes and obesity drug Ozempic appears to have an intriguing and welcome side effect in some people: It helps them curb drinking, reports NPR . In fact, researchers are looking into the possibility that this class of drug (GLP-1) might also reduce cravings for cigarettes and opioids as well—...

Popular Weight-Loss Drugs May Carry an Unexpected Risk

Anesthesiologists say patients on them may not have empty stomachs needed for unrelated surgeries

(Newser) - Patients who take blockbuster drugs like Wegovy or Ozempic for weight loss may face life-threatening complications if they need surgery or other procedures that require empty stomachs for anesthesia, per the AP . Anesthesiologists in the US and Canada say they've seen growing numbers of patients on the weight-loss drugs...

Weight-Loss Drug May Cut Heart Risks, Too
Study May Change Coverage
for Weight-Loss Drugs
new study

Study May Change Coverage for Weight-Loss Drugs

Maker of Wegovy cites heart benefits, which could pressure insurers to start covering

(Newser) - A new study suggests the popular weight-loss drug Wegovy might cut the risk of heart disease as well. If the study is confirmed—and it hasn't yet been peer-reviewed—the results could pressure insurers to start covering the pricey drug, reports the New York Times . Maker Novo Nordisk charges...

Injectable Weight-Loss Drug May Soon Come in Pill Form
Injectable Weight-Loss Drug
May Soon Come in Pill Form

Injectable Weight-Loss Drug May Soon Come in Pill Form

Novo Nordisk wants FDA to OK pills that use same medication used in Wegovy, Ozempic

(Newser) - What if treating obesity could be as easy as popping an effective pill? That's a notion that has long fueled hope for many of the more than 40% of Americans who are considered obese—and fueled criticism by those who advocate for wider weight acceptance. Soon, it may be...

FDA: Beware Off-Brand Versions of Ozempic, Wegovy

Agency says the these versions may not be safe for weight loss

(Newser) - The FDA is warning consumers not to use off-brand versions of the popular weight-loss drugs Ozempic and Wegovy because they might not contain the same ingredients as the prescription products and may not be safe. Agency officials said this week that they have received reports of problems after patients used...

New Drug Poised to Take Weight-Loss Throne

Eli Lilly's Mounjaro is outperforming Ozempic in clinical trials

(Newser) - Get ready to hear a lot about a weight-loss drug called Mounjaro . Eli Lilly & Co.'s anti-obesity drug has demonstrated significant weight-loss results in clinical trials, so much so that the Wall Street Journal refers to it as the "King Kong" of such drugs. US health regulators...

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