Ozempic Drugmaker BOOSTS Lobbying As It Seeks Medicare COVERAGE For Weight Loss Drugs

Novo Nordisk, the maker of the weight loss drug Wegovy and diabetes medication Ozempic, went on a federal lobbying spending spree in the first six months of 2023.

The Danish drugmaker is pushing Congress to pass a bill that would nix Medicare restrictions on covering weight management treatments.
Novo Nordisk has hired three new lobbying firms over the past three months, all of which disclosed being solely focused on issues related to obesity and Medicare coverage of anti-obesity drugs.

A 2003 law excludes weight-loss drugs from coverage under Medicare, the federal program that provides health coverage for older Americans. But since the American Medical Association recognized obesity as a disease in 2013, momentum has been building to shift federal policy.

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