Novo Nordisk A/S (NOVOB) said patients taking its Victoza diabetes drug had greater weight loss than those using Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AMLN:US)’s Byetta or a class of drug known as DPP-4 inhibitors.
Novo is presenting the data at the American Diabetes Association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia today. The company, which is studying Victoza as a possible obesity treatment, commented in an e-mailed statement.
Patients taking Victoza lost 3.9 kilograms (8.6 pounds) on average, compared with 0.8 kilogram for those on DPP-4 drugs and 2.9 kilograms for those taking Byetta, Novo Nordisk said.
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