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Obesity business grows at Novo Nordisk despite Wegovy woes

Novo Nordisk’s obesity care arm continues to grow despite the recent announcement that the company won’t be able to meet the full demand for weight loss drug Wegovy before the second half of 2022.

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Novo Nordisk has had the wind in its sails in 2021, and the pharmaceutical firm’s obesity business sales grew by 50 percent in Danish kroner and 55 percent in current exchange rates (CER), according to the company’s 2021 financial report on Wednesday.

A total of DKK 8.4bn (USD 1.2bn) has been booked by Novo Nordisk’s Obesity Care in 2021, which means the company is well on its way to achieving its 2025 ambition to have doubled its obesity sales from 2019, back when the drug Saxenda contributed to the DKK 5.7bn (USD 865.2m) revenue.

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