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Many Insurers Don’t Cover Drugs For Weight Loss
National Public Radio

In December, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new obesity drug, Saxenda, the fourth prescription medicine the agency has given the green light to fight obesity since 2012. But even though two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, there’s a good chance their insurer won’t cover Saxenda or other anti-obesity drugs.

The health benefits of using obesity drugs to lose weight — improvements in blood sugar and risk factors for heart disease, among other things — may not be immediately apparent.

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