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Europe will have to wait for Ascendis Pharma's weekly growth hormone

The Danish biotech firm will not be launching its weekly drug until mid-2023 in Europe, despite already having marketing authorization in the region, Ascendis reveals in its second-quarter report.

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Ascendis Pharma, which is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, is busy getting growth hormone Skytrofa established on the US market, which means Europe will have to take a back seat.

After a positive November recommendation from an expert committee, the EMA approved the drug in January this year, meaning the once-weekly drug is ready for the European market under the name of its active ingredient, Lonapegsomatropin.

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