Biogen CEO Poses Million Dollar Question – Do We Need To Spend On Weight Loss Drugs?
Therapeutic Classes Concept Outdated
As demand for Wegovy busts through capacity, Biogen’s Viehbacher asks if we need to spend on drugs for weight loss or other preventable diseases when the dollar could go towards non-preventable chronic diseases. Discussing investments at a recent conference, he was joined by Fidelity’s Rajiv Kaul who said the concept of therapeutic classes is outdated
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