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Novo Nordisk announces Phase 3a results

Novo Nordisk Headquarter Denmark

Novo Nordisk has announced data from the ONWARDS 1 and 3 trials evaluating investigative once-weekly basal insulin icodec.

The data showed the studies met their primary endpoints, while reducing injections from seven to one per week, compared with once-daily basal insulin. Additionally, data from the ONWARDS 1 and 3 studies demonstrated that more insulin-naïve adults with type 2 diabetes treated with once-weekly basal insulin icodec achieved an HbA1c target of <7.0% without experiencing clinically significant or severe hypoglycaemia compared with once-daily basal insulin comparators at 52 and 26 weeks, respectively.

“These data reinforce our confidence in the potential of once-weekly insulin icodec,” says Florian M.M. Baeres, corporate vice president, Global Medical Affairs at Novo Nordisk. “If approved, we believe this innovation – which would be the world’s first once-weekly basal insulin – could help people living with type 2 diabetes ready to start insulin treatment by reducing the number of injections needed.”

Insulin icodec has been submitted for regulatory review in the US, Canada, Europe, China, Australia, Switzerland and Brazil. First decisions are anticipated in H1 2024. Pending approval, insulin icodec will represent the first and only once-weekly basal insulin option for adults with diabetes, addressing an unmet need in treatment vs a daily basal insulin option.

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