Novo Nordisk seeks EU OK for type 2 diabetes treatment

Dec. 29, 2020

Novo Nordisk announced the submission of a label extension application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the existing marketing authorization for Ozempic, a once-weekly glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue, to introduce a new dose of 2.0 mg. Ozempic is currently approved in the EU in 0.5 mg and 1.0 mg doses for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults.

The submission is based on the results from the SUSTAIN FORTE trial, which included 961 people with type 2 diabetes in need of treatment intensification. In the trial, people treated with semaglutide 2.0 mg achieved a statistically significant and superior reduction in HbA1c at week 40 compared to semaglutide 1.0 mg. In the trial, both doses of semaglutide appeared safe and well-tolerated. The most common adverse events were gastrointestinal, the vast majority were mild to moderate and diminished over time and were consistent with the GLP-1 receptor agonist class. Compared to semaglutide 1.0 mg, the gastrointestinal adverse events were similar for semaglutide 2.0 mg.

According to Novo Nordisk, the submission in the EU represents an important milestone for people living with type 2 diabetes who have poor glycaemic control and need treatment intensification because with the 2.0 mg dose, more people with type 2 diabetes will be able to achieve the treatment target. The SUSTAIN clinical program for once-weekly subcutaneous semaglutide injection currently comprises 11 phase 3 global clinical trials, including a cardiovascular outcomes trial, involving more than 11,000 adults with type 2 diabetes.

Read the Novo Nordisk statement