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Novo Nordisk submits obesity drug for FDA approval

Semaglutide will also be used as a treatment for obesity, according to Novo Nordisk's plan – the pharmaceutical giant has submitted an application to the FDA in the US.

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Within the next six months, Novo Nordisk will find out whether its drug semaglutide can be used as a treatment for obesity, aside from its use as a drug against diabetes in US patients.

The Danish pharmaceutical giant as used a priority review voucher, which cuts off many months from the estimated review time at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Novo Nordisk bought the voucher from Australian biotech firm Medicines Development for Global Health for an unknown price last year.

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