Severely overweight Americans could get access to a new drug aimed at boosting weight loss by the end of next year.
Patients in a final stage clinical trial of liraglutide, produced by Denmark-based Novo Nordisk (NVO), lost an average of 8% of their body weight. Novo Nordisk is the leading global producer of insulin, used to treat diabetes, a disease often associated with obesity, Reuters noted.
Novo Nordisk shrugged off comments from some analysts expressing skepticism that liraglutide didn’t produce a strong enough effect to drive significant sales. Company officials said that liraglutide’s higher price matched its greater efficacy.
Shares of Novo Nordisk fell fractionally in Friday morning trading, while Arena surged more than 3%.