Novo CEO on US obesity drug demand: "It was the perfect storm"

At the start of 2022, Novo Nordisk expects to be able to meet the demand for its obesity drug Wegovy in the US. The patient interest was so high, it surprised the CEO.

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Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen, CEO of Novo Nordisk, does not think anyone can be blamed for the production problems that have affected the company as a result of the launch of Wegovy in the US. His reasoning is that nobody could have predicted the enormously high demand for the drug.

"We launched Wegovy based on our experiences with Saxenda. That is a best-selling product, but the sales haven't blown us away," he says.

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