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Novo Nordisk initiates phase 3a development with oral semaglutide

Martin Holst Lange

Novo Nordisk has announced the decision to enter phase 3a development in obesity with oral semaglutide 50 mg.

The decision follows the completion of the STEP phase 3a clinical programme with once-weekly subcutaneous (sc) semaglutide 2.4 mg, states the company in a press release.

Obesity or overweight with comorbidities

Novo Nordisk intends to initiate a phase 3a programme with approximately 1,000 people with obesity or overweight with comorbidities. The global 68-week trial is planned for initiation in the second half of 2021 and will investigate the efficacy and safety of oral semaglutide compared to placebo.


“There is a significant unmet medical need within obesity treatment today. With oral semaglutide we aim to introduce a convenient and effective treatment option for people with obesity and healthcare providers enabling broader use of anti-obesity medication,” says Martin Holst Lange, executive vice president, Development at Novo Nordisk. “As a complement to our injectable anti-obesity medications, oral semaglutide has the potential to help more people living with obesity achieve weight loss goals and improve their health.”

Photo of Martin Holst Lange: Novo Nordisk