"The Japanese approval of Victoza® represents a major advancement in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and an important milestone for Novo Nordisk." says Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, executive vice president and chief science officer of Novo Nordisk. "We are excited to pioneer the GLP-1 market in Japan, where we are convinced Victoza® will prove to be a valuable treatment option for people with type 2 diabetes. The clinical studies conducted in Japan showed Victoza® to provide superior glucose control with a low risk of hypoglycaemia."
Novo Nordisk expects to launch Victoza® in Japan in the first half of 2010 upon completion of price negotiations.
Once-daily Victoza® is the first human Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue developed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Victoza® works by stimulating the release of insulin from the pancreatic beta cells only when blood sugar levels are high. Weight loss with Victoza® is attributed to the fact that it leads to increased satiety after meals in part by slowing gastric emptying and, in part, by other mechanisms. Victoza® is broken down naturally in the body and does not depend upon renal excretion.
In Europe, Novo Nordisk received marketing authorisation for Victoza® on 30 June and Victoza® has subsequently been launched in several countries. A New Drug Application was submitted for regulatory approval in the US in May 2008 and in China in August 2009, respectively, and regulatory decisions are pending.
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