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CHMP gives Eli Lilly diabetes drug the nod

Tirzepatide, a potential challenger of Novo Nordisk’s bestseller Ozempic, is now just a step away from European authorization for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

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The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) expert committee has given its positive recommendation for US-based Eli Lilly’s type 2 diabetes drug, tirzepatide, the company announced in a press release on Friday.

This almost sets the stage for competition with Danish pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk and its bestselling diabetes drug, Ozempic. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) opinion paves for way for an official green light by the EU Commission, which has final say in matters of drug authorization.

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