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Novo Nordisk to launch cheaper version of long-acting insulin in US

A new unbranded version of Tresiba means the Danish drugmaker now offers branded and unbranded versions of both rapid- and long-acting insulins in the hope that all US patients can afford the essential drug.

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Less advantaged US patients will gain access to a more affordable medicine to treat and control diabetes, announces Novo Nordisk’s subsidiary in the US.

In fall of this year, patients holding prescriptions for Tresiba (insulin degludec), a long-acting basal insulin injection, will have the option to pick up an unbranded, cheaper, version at pharmacies. The unbranded biologic was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June, and will launch at 65% of the cost of its branded counterpart.

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