UK health minister: Lilly weight-loss drug could help thousands

UK health minister: Lilly weight-loss drug could help thousands
UK health minister: Lilly weight-loss drug could help thousands

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - US and UK regulators today gave the thumbs up to Lilly’s weight-loss treatment Zepbound, also known as Mounjaro or tirzepatide, paving the way for a powerful new rival to Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy in addressing record obesity rates. — Reuters pic

LONDON, Nov 9 — Eli Lilly’s new weight-loss treatment, approved by the British health regulator today, has the potential to benefit thousands of obese Britons and could help the state-run National Health Service save billions of pounds, the health secretary said.

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US and UK regulators today gave the thumbs up to Lilly’s weight-loss treatment Zepbound, also known as Mounjaro or tirzepatide, paving the way for a powerful new rival to Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy in addressing record obesity rates.

“Mounjaro has the potential to help thousands of people living with obesity and support those suffering from weight-related illnesses - if used alongside diet and physical activity,” Health Secretary Steve Barclay said in a statement.

“Tackling obesity could help cut waiting lists and save the NHS billions of pounds,” he said.

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Barclay added that further approvals were needed before the drug can be covered by the NHS. — Reuters

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