Neglect Ozempic injections — a capsule model of the load loss drug might be coming quickly

  • A each day capsule model of the medication that is within the fashionable drug Ozempic might be coming quickly.
  • It is designed to advertise weight reduction in chubby and overweight adults and not using a weekly shot.
  • Outcomes of a big trial recommend individuals achieved round 15% weight reduction after about 1 yr. 

A once-daily capsule model of the drug popularly referred to as Ozempic is one step nearer to market.

Drugmaker Novo Nordisk introduced the outcomes of a big, part 3 trial of oral semaglutide on Monday. Semaglutide is similar medication that is in Ozempic and Wegovy, that are usually given as weekly pictures.

Within the new trial, sufferers handled with a semaglutide capsule for a yr and 4 months achieved greater than 15% weight reduction. Sufferers on a placebo capsule throughout that point misplaced simply 2.4% of their weight. 

Martin Holst Lange, government vice chairman for Growth at Novo Nordisk, mentioned in an announcement that the outcomes of the capsule trial had been “comparable” to injectable Wegovy. 

“We’re very happy with the load loss,” he mentioned. “The selection between a each day pill or weekly injection for weight problems has the potential to supply sufferers and healthcare suppliers the chance to decide on what most closely fits particular person therapy preferences.”

Till now, Ozempic and Wegovy have solely been accessible as once-weekly injections, they usually can price upwards of $1,000 a month with out insurance coverage.

A each day capsule might be a greater choice for individuals who do not like needles. It is unclear how a lot the brand new capsule may cost. Rebelsys, one other, far decrease dose oral model of semaglutide that’s in the marketplace now for diabetics, isn’t considerably cheaper than Ozempic.

Within the press launch, Novo Nordisk mentioned it expects to file for regulatory approval of the capsule model of the medication in each the US and Europe someday this yr.