Industry experts have always known that there is a significant gap between the manufacturing cost and sales price of popular GLP-1 drugs, which are effective for both weight loss and diabetes management. Now they know also know how wide that gap really is.

Ozempic from Novo Nordisk, which sells for nearly $1,000 a month, can be manufactured for less than $5, according to a study from researchers at Yale University, King's College Hospital in London and the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders. It generally can be produced for less than various forms of insulin.

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