NovoNorm is used in patients who have type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes). It is used together with diet and exercise to lower blood glucose (sugar) levels in patients whose hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose levels) cannot be controlled by diet, weight reduction and exercise. NovoNorm may also be used with metformin (another antidiabetes medicine) in type-2 diabetes patients whose blood glucose levels are not satisfactorily controlled on metformin alone.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not make enough insulin to control the level of glucose in the blood or when the body is unable to use insulin effectively. NovoNorm helps the pancreas to produce more insulin at mealtimes and is used to control type 2 diabetes.
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) decided that NovoNorm’s benefits are greater than its risks for the treatment of type-2 diabetes. The Committee recommended that NovoNorm be given marketing authorisation.