BAGSVÆRD, Denmark, September 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
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Novo Nordisk today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human
CHMP, has adopted a positive opinion to extend the use of NovoRapid(R) (insulin aspart)
the European Union for children with diabetes from as young as one year old.
Europe has the highest number of children with type 1 diabetes with approximately
140,000 cases and evidence shows that children are continually being diagnosed at
ages. The clinical needs of young children with type 1 diabetes vary during growth
development. This may present challenges to clinicians who need to find an appropriate
treatment regimen that maintains adequate metabolic control while avoiding the
risk of hypoglycaemia,.
"Up to now there has not been an approved fast-acting mealtime insulin for children
with diabetes as young as one year old," says Professor Thomas Danne, Auf der Bult
Children's Hospital, Hannover, Germany. "NovoRapid(R) has a long, proven safety and
efficacy profile for the treatment of diabetes in adults, adolescents and children. The
positive CHMP opinion for the extended use of NovoRapid(R) in children from the age of
year old means that once the European Commission approves this label extension,
may soon have access to a well-trusted mealtime insulin to help manage this patient
The CHMP recommendation for expanded use of NovoRapid(R) in children aged one year
above is based on the BEGIN YOUNG 1 and BOOST T1D Paediatric trials, which investigated
the efficacy and safety of insulin degludec and insulin degludec/insulin aspart
respectively,. In both studies, the comparator was insulin detemir.
The trial outcomes showed similar glycaemic control in terms of reducing HbA1c
between treatment groups or between age groups,. Data also showed that
was well-tolerated in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, including those as
young as one year old,.
The positive CHMP opinion will be sent to the European Commission (EC) for a final
regulatory decision. The positive CHMP opinion will be sent to the EC for final
decision, expected within two months.
NovoRapid(R) (insulin aspart) is a mealtime insulin analogue indicated for the
treatment of diabetes mellitus in adults, adolescents and children aged two years old
above,. NovoRapid(R) can be used in pregnancy. NovoRapid(R) has been available
use in Europe since 1999 and has been launched in more than 120 countries.
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