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Obesity is a significant public health concern in the G7 countries and is growing as an epidemic. The body of evidence highlighting the physical and economic impact of obesity on society is steadily increasing. Despite the disease’s prevalence, few drug treatments are available, especially in Europe and Japan. Compounding this problem is the fact that available treatments do not have desirable risk-benefit profiles at low prices; in addition, few novel agents are in development for obesity. Consequently, there is a huge market opportunity for an antiobesity drug that elicits sustained weight loss and is safe, well tolerated, and affordable. However, such is the prevalence of obesity that, even if such an agent is developed and approved, payers will likely need to control access to it to limit the impact on finite healthcare budgets.
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Rameshwar Prajapati, (Pharm.), is a business insights analyst in Decision Resources Group’s cardiovascular, metabolic, renal, and hematologic disorders team, focusing primarily on obesity. In this role, his main function is to perform primary and secondary research related to obesity and its treatment, as well as providing insights and assessments for the major pharmaceutical markets regarding weight loss medications. Rameshwar holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Dr. Gour University, Sagar, India. He obtained his master’s and doctorate degree in pharmacoinformatics from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Nagar, India. Rameshwar also received a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellowship to conduct his research on P-glycoprotein at the University of Bonn, Germany.
Sunali Goonesekera is an Associate Epidemiologist at Decision Resources Group. Sunali holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and a in Biology (Honors) from Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Decision Resources Group, Sunali conducted epidemiological research and lead authored two manuscripts on racial/ethnic disparities in metabolic diseases at the New England Research Institutes. She has contributed to multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals in epidemiology and in the biological sciences.