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From zero to hero – the rise of Novo Nordisk's best-selling drug

Pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk is forever growing, but the drugs that used to drive sales have come and gone over the years. Today, one stands above the rest: quintuple blockbuster Ozempic.

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In five years, Novo Nordisk has created a multiple blockbuster drug in diabetes treatment Ozempic, which has been center stage in transforming the Danish pharmaceutical firm’s sales.

With an approval falling in December 2017, sales of the drug amounted to literally nothing that year. The year after, sales ”barely” reached DKK 1.8bn (USD 273.4m). In 2021, sales were catapulted to nothing less than DKK 33.7bn (USD 5.1bn). With a threshold of USD 1bn, Ozempic is thus a blockbuster five times over.

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