Rybelsus® (semaglutide tablets), the first GLP-1 in a tablet approved in the US

Bagsvaerd, DENMARK

Bagsværd, Denmark, 20 September 2019 - Novo Nordisk today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Rybelsus® (semaglutide tablets), as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycaemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Rybelsus®, the brand name for oral semaglutide in the US, is the first approved glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist in a tablet. The approval of Rybelsus® is based on the results from 10 PIONEER clinical trials which included 9,543 adults with type 2 diabetes. Rybelsus® more effectively lowered blood sugar than sitagliptin and empagliflozin. Furthermore, treatment with Rybelsus® resulted in up to 4.4 kg reduction in body weight. Rybelsus® demonstrated a safe and well-tolerated profile across the PIONEER programme, with the most common adverse event being mild to moderate nausea which diminished over time.

“We are very excited that we can make the first oral GLP-1 available in the US and thereby expand the treatment options for adults living with type 2 diabetes,” said Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, executive vice president and chief science officer of Novo Nordisk. “Novo Nordisk has a very long legacy of developing innovative injectable medicines for people living with diabetes and, with the approval of Rybelsus®, we are now able to bring our innovation into the market for oral antidiabetics.”

Novo Nordisk plans to make Rybelsus® available to adults with type 2 diabetes in the US in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Conference call

On 23 September at 8 am CEST, corresponding to 2 am EDT, a conference call for investors will be held. Investors will be able to listen in via a link on the investor section of novonordisk.com.

About Rybelsus®

Rybelsus® (oral semaglutide) is an analogue of the naturally occurring hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). Rybelsus® is the first and only GLP-1 receptor agonist (RA) in a tablet. It is administered once daily and is approved for use in two therapeutic dosages, 7 mg and 14 mg.

Rybelsus® is currently under review by several regulatory agencies, including the European Medicines Agency and the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency. Furthermore, Rybelsus® has been applied for a separate indication with the FDA for the reduction of major adverse cardiovascular events in adults with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease, with expected review completion by Q1 2020.

Further information

Mette Kruse Danielsen +45 4442 3883 mkd@novonordisk.com
Ken Inchausti (US) +1 609 240 9429 kiau@novonordisk.com
Peter Hugreffe Ankersen +45 3075 9085 phak@novonordisk.com
Valdemar Borum Svarrer +45 3079 0301 jvls@novonordisk.com
Ann Søndermølle Rendbæk +45 3075 2253 arnd@novonordisk.com
Kristoffer Due Berg (US) +1 609 235 2989 krdb@novonordisk.com

Company announcement No 54 / 2019