The cost of innovative weight loss drug – Saxenda is very high. Therefore, the developer and manufacturer of Saxenda (Novo Nordisk) should not expect a rapid growth of its sales.
In the USA, Saxenda cost is several times higher than that of other innovative drugs and several dozen times higher than that of slimming drugs available for sale for several decades.
Right now, you can:
• Compare Saxenda cost with the prices of new FDA-approved slimming drugs – Belviq and Qsymia.
• Compare Saxenda cost with the prices of the most prescribed FDA-approved drugs – Adipex, Suprenza, Bontril, Didrex, Xenical and Alli.
By choosing Saxenda new drug for weight loss, be ready to the fact that the cost of one day of anti-obesity therapy is about $35.5 US. Thus, in just a year of anti-obesity therapy, it is required to spend about $13.000 US for buying Saxenda.
Other new anti-obesity drugs – Belviq and Qsymia are more than 5 times cheaper than Saxenda. Within a year of weight loss therapy, it is required to spend no more than $2.400 US on buying Belviq, and from $2.000 US and more – on buying Qsymia pills.
Despite the fact that Qsymia and Belviq are significantly cheaper than Saxenda, they are also unaffordable for obese people with middle and low income. The key cause of high price of new anti-obesity drugs is in the absence of Qsymia, Belviq and Saxenda generic drugs.
The manufacturers of Belviq, Saxenda and Qsymia do not have to compete with the manufacturers of bioequivalent drugs. Thus, the price of these drugs will remain high until the term of their patent protection expires and cheaper generic versions of Qsymia, Saxenda and Belviq appear at the US market.
It should be noted that in the USA some drugs are sold for over 15 years, but are still very expensive. For example, Americans who choose Xenical 120mg pills for weight loss are forced to spend on their buying more than $450 US every month (more than $5.400 US per year).
Only a small percent of obese people can annually spend on diet pills 2, 5, 10 or 15 thousand US dollars. Therefore, the vast majority of obese Americans will always use cheap diet pills that are ten times cheaper than prescription weight loss drugs – Belviq, Saxenda, Xenical or Qsymia.
The cheapest prescription diet pills available at the US market are included in the pharmacological group of sympathomimetic amines. Potential consumers of cheap diet pills may know sympathomimetic amines under the nonproprietary names:
… or original brand names:
• Didrex (for Benzphetamine)
• Tenuate (for Diethylpropion)
• Bontril (for Phendimetrazine)
• Adipex, Suprenza (for Phentermine)
All the drugs mentioned above help to reduce weight by suppressing appetite. These drugs have almost the identical indications and contraindications, but the prices are different.
Diet pills sold under the nonproprietary names are cheaper than bioequivalent diet pills registered under the original brand. Furthermore, the drug price may depend on the dosage form.
• When choosing usual Phentermine oral tablets or capsules, the minimum cost of anti-obesity therapy is about $20 US per month.
• When choosing Adipex (Phentermine) oral capsules or tablets, the minimum cost of the obesity treatment is a little more than $60 US per month.
• When choosing Suprenza (Phentermine) orally disintegrating tablets, the cost of weight loss therapy is about $110 US monthly.
Phentermine-containing drugs can be used only for a short-term therapy of obesity up to 3 months. Therefore, it is inappropriate to calculate the cost of one year of the obesity treatment using Phentermine.
If to compare the price of a Phentermine dose and a Saxenda dose, Saxenda drug is 53 times more expensive than Phentermine. Herewith, one day of obesity treatment with Saxenda is almost 2 times more expensive than one month of the obesity treatment with Phentermine.
It should be noted that there are cheaper diet pills than Phentermine at the US market. For example, in regular use of the minimal daily dose of Phendimetrazine 35mg, the costs of a month of obesity treatment are less than $110 US.
Information on the cost of Saxenda and other FDA-approved weight loss products listed in this review is relevant for the end of 2014 – beginning of 2015. Taking into account inflation and changing competitive environment, the prices of weight loss drugs mentioned in this review may differ from the current prices.