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Weight-loss drug Wegovy can be marketed for heart benefits after FDA label update

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Wegovy, a weight-loss drug, has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to include cardiovascular benefits on its label. This makes it the first weight-loss drug to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or heart-related death in high-risk individuals. The label expansion could lead to improved insurance coverage for Wegovy, which is expensive. The drug has been shown to lower the risk of cardiac events by 20% compared to a placebo. Wegovy is indicated for people with a body mass index of at least 30 or those with a BMI of at least 27 and a weight-related health condition. The drug is currently facing a shortage as demand outpaces supply, but the manufacturer is gradually increasing production.