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Novo Nordisk files for EU approval for obesity treatment

Two weeks after applying to have semaglutide approved as an obesity treatment in the US, Novo Nordisk has submitted the same application to the European Medicines Agency.

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will soon assess Novo Nordisk's drug candidate semaglutide as a possible treatment for obesity, Novo Nordisk states in a company announcement on Friday morning, after the pharmaceutical firm has officially filed for approval at the EMA.

Semaglutide for diabetes has been approved as both a tablet and subcutaneous treatment, and Novo Nordisk has filed to have the drug approved as a once-weekly obesity treatment in the latter variant. This is also the case for the US Food and Drug Administration application, which the pharmaceutical company sent 14 days ago.

"It is a milestone for Novo Nordisk but more importantly it represents a new treatment option with the potential to transform the medical management for people living with obesity in Europe," says Novo Nordisk's Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen in the statement.

Novo Nordisk already sells the obesity drug Saxenda, which sold for just under DKK 6bn (USD 989m) in 2019.

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