Eli Lilly’s diabetes drug gets UK green light
Eli Lilly's diabetes drug Mounjaro has gained the approval of Britain's healthcare cost-effectiveness watchdog. IG financial analyst @Angeline Ong looks at why this is significant, post-Covid.
Type 2 diabetes patients could benefit
Eli Lilly's diabetes drug Mounjaro is in focus as it gained the backing of Britain's health care cost effectiveness watchdog which said it would be a good option for patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes.
Now this is a really interesting space for drug makers and has been in focus in recent months because any drug related to obesity or diabetes and heart problems is seen as the new sort of revenue generators for these big pharma firms, of, course after the Covid revenue stream peters off.
Drug may soon be available from NHS
What's also interesting about this drug that is being marketed by Eli Lilly is that it has the potential to treat obesity. Now some 180,000 people could benefit from this new treatment in the UK and Diabetes UK alone estimates that more than five million people in the UK are living with diabetes.
So what's the next key date to look out for? Well, final guidance which is scheduled to be published on 11 October might mean we'll find out whether or not this drug will be made available in the UK's National Health Service within 90 days after that.
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