Product Information

Registration Status: Active

SAXENDA SOLUTION FOR INJECTION IN PRE-FILLED PEN 6MG/ML is approved to be sold in Singapore with effective from 2017-10-09. It is marketed by NOVO NORDISK PHARMA (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD, with the registration number of SIN15338P.

This product contains Liraglutide 6mg/ml in the form of INJECTION, SOLUTION. It is approved for SUBCUTANEOUS use.

This product is manufactured by Novo Nordisk A/S in DENMARK.

It is a Prescription Only Medicine that can only be obtained from a doctor or a dentist, or a pharmacist with a prescription from a Singapore-registered doctor or dentist.



Victoza contains liraglutide, an analog of human GLP-1 and acts as a GLP-1 receptor agonist. The peptide precursor of liraglutide, produced by a process that includes expression of recombinant DNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has been engineered to be 97% homologous to native human GLP-1 by substituting arginine for lysine at position 34. Liraglutide is made by attaching a C-16 fatty acid (palmitic acid) with a glutamic acid spacer on the remaining lysine residue at position 26 of the peptide precursor.


For use in/treatment of diabetes mellitus type 2.

Mechanism of Action

Liraglutide is an acylated GLP-1 (Glucagon-Like Peptide-1) receptor agonist. Liraglutide upregulates intracellular cAMP resulting in the release of insulin given elevated blood glucose concentrations. Glucagon secretion is also decreased in a glucose-dependent fashion by liraglutide.


Maximum concentrations of liraglutide are achieved at 8-12 hours after dose. The mean peak and total exposures of liraglutide were 35 ng/mL and 960 ng·h/mL, respectively, for a subQ single dose of 0.6 mg. After subcutaneous single dose administrations, Cmax and AUC of liraglutide increased proportionally over the therapeutic dose range of 0.6 mg to 1.8 mg. At 1.8 mg Victoza, the average steady state concentration of liraglutide over 24 hours was approximately 128 ng/mL. AUC0-∞ was equivalent between upper arm and abdomen, and between upper arm and thigh. AUC0-∞ from thigh was 22% lower than that from abdomen. Absolute bioavailability of liraglutide following subcutaneous administration is approximately 55%.
SubQ 0.6 mg is approximately 13L Intravenous is approximately 0.07L/kg
During the initial 24 hours following administration of a single [3H]-liraglutide dose to healthy subjects, the major component in plasma was intact liraglutide. Liraglutide is endogenously metabolized in a similar manner to large proteins without a specific organ as a major route of elimination.


The mean apparent clearance following subcutaneous administration of a single dose of liraglutide is approximately 1.2 L/h


In a clinical trial, one patient with type 2 diabetes experienced a single overdose of Victoza 17.4 mg subcutaneous (10 times the maximum recommended dose). Effects of the overdose included severe nausea and vomiting requiring hospitalization. No hypoglycemia was reported. The patient recovered without complications. In the event of overdosage, appropriate supportive treatment should be initiated according to the patient’s clinical signs and symptoms. RISK OF THYROID C-CELL TUMORS

Active Ingredient/Synonyms

Arg34Lys26-(N-ε-(γ-Glu(N-α-hexadecanoyl)))-GLP-1[7-37] | Liraglutida | Liraglutide recombinant | Liraglutidum | N²⁶-(hexadecanoyl-gamma-glutamyle)-[34-arginine]GLP-1-(7-37)-peptide | N²⁶-(N-Hexadecanoyl-L-gamma-glutamyl)-[34-L-arginine]glucagon-like peptide 1-(7-37)-peptide | NN 2211 | NN-2211 | NN2211 | NNC 90-1170 | Liraglutide |

Source of information: Drugbank (External Link). Last updated on: 3rd July 18. *Trade Name used in the content below may not be the same as the HSA-registered product.


  1. Health Science Authority of Singapore - Reclassified POM
  2. Drugbank