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Chinese authorities have approved Novo Nordisk's Ozempic

In April, Novo Nordisk received marketing authorization in China for the drug Ozempic, which is the firm’s newest injection-based GLP-1 product.

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More than three years after the injection-based treatment Ozempic was approved in the EU and the US, Chinese authorities have now approved the treatment, according to Novo Nordisk's interim report for the first quarter of 2021, which was published early Wednesday.

The approval, which was issued in May, encompasses Ozempic as a weekly treatment for type 2 diabetes and acknowledges the positive effects of the drug for treating cardiovascular diseases.

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