Can Novo Nordisk's blockbuster weight loss drug and other GLP-1s also work in NASH? The answer is complicated
Back in 2020, before semaglutide became a household name — before it was even approved to treat obesity — Novo Nordisk quietly notched a breakthrough therapy designation in a hot indication: nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH.
Three years later, the GLP-1 receptor agonist has emerged as one of the “most recognized and anticipated” new treatments for a disease that’s been dubbed a silent killer and defeated multiple experimental drugs. Novo is still recruiting NASH patients with fibrosis in a 1200-patient Phase IIIa study, with data not expected until 2028.
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