Saxenda

liraglutide

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Opinion

On 25 March 2021, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion recommending a change to the terms of the marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Saxenda. The marketing authorisation holder for this medicinal product is Novo Nordisk A/S.

The CHMP adopted an extension to the existing indication to add treatment of obesity to adolescents. For information, the full indications for Saxenda will be as follows:1

Adults

Saxenda is indicated as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for weight management in adult patients with an initial Body Mass Index (BMI) of:

  • ≥30 kg/m² (obesity), or
  • ≥27 kg/m² to <30 kg/m² (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbidity such as dysglycaemia (prediabetes or type 2 diabetes mellitus), hypertension, dyslipidaemia or obstructive sleep apnoea.

Treatment with Saxenda should be discontinued after 12 weeks on the 3.0 mg/day dose if patients have not lost at least 5% of their initial body weight.

Adolescents (≥12 years)

Saxenda can be used as an adjunct to a healthy nutrition and increased physical activity for weight management in adolescent patients from the age of 12 years and above with:

  • obesity (BMI corresponding to ≥30 kg/m2 for adults by international cut-off points)* and
  • body weight above 60 kg.

Treatment with Saxenda should be discontinued and re-evaluated if patients have not lost at least 4% of their BMI or BMI z score after 12 weeks on the 3.0 mg/day or maximum tolerated dose.

*IOTF BMI cut-off points for obesity by sex between 12–18 years.

Detailed recommendations for the use of this product will be described in the updated summary of product characteristics (SmPC), which will be published in the revised European public assessment report (EPAR), and will be available in all official European Union languages after a decision on this change to the marketing authorisation has been granted by the European Commission.


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Key facts

Name
Saxenda
Agency product number
EMEA/H/C/003780
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name
  • liraglutide
Active substance
  • liraglutide
Therapeutic area
Obesity
Overweight
Date opinion adopted
25/03/2021
Company name
Novo Nordisk A/S
Status
Positive
Application type
Post-authorisation

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