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Novo Nordisk A/S Reports 8% Weight Loss in Phase 3a Obesity Trial with Liraglutide 3 mg

Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:46am EDT 

Novo Nordisk A/S announced results from a 56-week double-blind phase 3a clinical trial investigating the potential of liraglutide to induce and maintain weight loss in people without diabetes who are obese or overweight with comorbidities such as prediabetes, hypertension and dyslipidaemia. In the trial, 3,731 overweight or obese people were randomised 2:1 to treatment with liraglutide 3 mg or placebo, both in combination with diet and exercise. In the trial, people without signs of prediabetes were treated for 56 weeks, followed by a 12-week follow-up period. People with signs of prediabetes at the time of randomisation are currently continuing treatment for two additional years. The announced results are for all people at 56 weeks. From a mean baseline weight of 106 kg and a BMI of 38 kg/m2, the average weight loss for people treated with liraglutide 3 mg at 56 weeks was 8.0% compared to 2.6% for people treated with placebo. The proportion of people achieving a weight loss of at least 5% was 64% for liraglutide 3 mg and 27% for placebo. The proportion of people achieving a weight loss of at least 10% was 33% for liraglutide 3 mg and 10% for placebo treatment. All differences between liraglutide and placebo were statistically significantly different and the trial met all three co-primary endpoints.