Wegovy Wins English Funding For Weight Loss As Novo Deals With Supply Issues
Unprecedented demand for Wegovy in the US, together with issues experienced at the contract manufacturing site that resulted in supply shortages, led to Novo Nordisk having to wait some time for NICE to publish its final recommendation for the drug’s use on the National Health Service in England.
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Novo Nordisk has been given a two-year suspension from membership of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry for breaching the association’s code of practice.