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WHO adds Novo Nordisk insulin to essential medicine lists

Two of Novo Nordisk's diabetes treatments have been put on the lists of essential medicines, which is curated by the World Health Organization and comprises of medicines the organization thinks should be available and affordable for patients across the globe.

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An expert committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) has expanded its lists of drugs that all patients around the globe ought to be able to receive with 20 treatments for adults and 17 for children, according to the medical media Healio.

Numerous diabetes drugs are among the new additions: Novo Nordisk's Tresiba and Levmir are accompanied by Toujeo from Sanofi, in addition to medicines' biosimilar counterparts. Jardiance, which is developed by Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly, Janssen's Invokana and Farxiga from Astrazeneca are also listed.

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