This post is a quick alert about a drug we are following very closely and that needs to be on your radar if you have anyone obese on your plan (so, everyone except maybe Nike).
The drug was approved a few weeks ago on March 29th. It is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and it could be a game changer for both diabetes and weight loss. Here’s how it works in lay terms: the intestines work to get rid of sugar in the blood, while the kidneys bring the sugar into the blood. This drug prevents the kidney enzymes from holding onto the sugar, so it just gets flushed by the intestines, eliminating all the empty sugar calories from the body.
How this helps you: The drug is expensive, but not unworldly so, but could begin helping your members to lose weight without changing their eating habits and reduce blood sugar levels to treat diabetes. In clinical trials, rats were able to eat anything and everything and did not gain weight. The drug is currently not approved as a weight loss agent, though it’s being tested for this, but it is approved for treating diabetes, which is the #1 chronic cost killer of medical plans.
We will continue to follow this drug and other pharmacy innovations to help you out. This could be a real saver for your plan, though.