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About Novo Nordisk

We are committed to patients, communities, and the environment. Novo Nordisk is a focused health care company and a world leader in diabetes care.

The well-being of people with chronic illness has always been at the heart of our company. Our roots reach back to 1923, when a man was driven to find a diabetes treatment for his wife. We carry that same passion and commitment beyond diabetes into our work for people with growth hormone-related disorders.

The well-being of people with chronic illness has always been at the heart of our company. Our roots reach back to 1923, when a man was driven to find a diabetes treatment for his wife. We carry that same passion and commitment beyond diabetes into our work for people with growth hormone-related disorders.

The Triple Bottom Line

Novo Nordisk is committed to doing business in a responsible manner. We adopted our "Triple Bottom Line" approach more than a decade ago, and the principle is now anchored in the company’s values.
In all work, we strive to be:

Economically viable

Socially responsible

Environmentally sound

The Triple Bottom Line ensures that we remain balanced. At Novo Nordisk, it’s not just about making a profit; it’s also about how profits are earned and how we conduct ourselves as a company. From an environmental standpoint, our consciousness is not just a token effort. We believe that by conducting our business in an environmentally sustainable way, we will promote positive change.

Social Responsibility

Novo Nordisk has been recognized for its commitment to the values and ethics that are embodied by its Triple Bottom Line.
Following are just a few of the awards we’ve received:


Ranked in Fortune Magazine's Best Companies to Work For every year since 2009.

  • Named on Fortune's 2017 100 Best Workplaces for Women

Ranked #5 on the Science Careers 2017 Top Employers list


Ranked #5 in the Top 100 sustainable companies at the Annual Summit of Green Companies held in Kunming, China, 2013


Named on the 2016 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index:

  • Ranked highest in the Pharmaceuticals industry group and #19 overall
  • Named one of the 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity by Great Place to Work®

Named on the Human Rights Foundation 2018 Corporate Equality Index


Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 17th straight year.


Ranked at the top of the pharmaceutical sector for 2016.


Green Power

In 2006, Novo Nordisk became a member of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Climate Savers program. By increasing efficiency, Climate Savers companies are decreasing CO2 emissions while growing the company. We’re one of only two pharmaceutical companies officially registered as a Climate Saver.

We have set an ambitious target for our CO2 emissions from production: to have 100% renewable electricity at all our production sites by 2020

In 2015, Novo Nordisk’s production site in Tianjin reached its goal of using 100% renewable electricity for all its production


We converted all of our Danish operations to 100% wind power in 2010.


Between 2005 and 2015, we realized an annual carbon emissions reduction of 46,000 tons.


Our U.S. headquarters is a LEED Silver-certified campus, and is fully powered by renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro sources.


Novo Nordisk saves energy at
Danish production facilities.

The financial savings are earmarked
to purchase green electricity.

The energy is supplied from a
new wind farm in the North Sea.

Danish production sites
are powered by green electricity.

Novo Nordisk saves
energy at Danish
production facilities.

The financial savings are
earmarked to purchase
green electricity.

The energy is supplied
from a new wind farm in
the North Sea.

Danish production sites
are powered by green
electricity.

Selected Important Safety Information

Do not use Norditropin® if: you have a critical illness caused by certain types of heart or stomach surgery, trauma or breathing (respiratory) problems; you are a child with Prader-Willi syndrome who is severely obese or has breathing problems including sleep apnea; you have cancer or other tumors; you are allergic to somatropin or any of the ingredients in Norditropin®; your healthcare provider tells you that you have certain types of eye problems caused by diabetes (diabetic retinopathy); you are a child with closed bone growth plates (epiphyses).

Indications and Usage

What is Norditropin® (somatropin) injection?
 
Norditropin® is a prescription medicine that contains human growth hormone and is used to treat:
  • children who are not growing because of low or no growth hormone 
  • children who are short (in stature) and who have Noonan syndrome, Turner syndrome, or were born small (small for gestational age-SGA) and have not caught-up in growth by age 2 to 4 years 
  • children who have Idiopathic Short Stature (ISS) 
  • children who are not growing who have Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) 
  • adults who do not make enough growth hormone

Important Safety Information (cont’d)

Before taking Norditropin®, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have had heart or stomach surgery, trauma or serious breathing (respiratory problems) 
  • have had a history of problems breathing while you sleep (sleep apnea) 
  • have or have had cancer or any tumor 
  • have diabetes 
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Norditropin® may affect how other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Norditropin® works.

How should I use Norditropin®?

  • Use Norditropin® exactly as your health care provider tells you to 
  • Do not share your Norditropin® pens and needles with another person even if the needle has been changed. You may give another person an infection or get an infection from them.

What are the possible side effects of Norditropin®?
Norditropin® may cause serious side effects, including:

  • high risk of death in people who have critical illnesses because of heart or stomach surgery, trauma or serious breathing (respiratory) problems 
  • high risk of sudden death in children with Prader-Willi syndrome who are severely obese or have breathing problems including sleep apnea 
  • increased risk of growth of cancer or a tumor that is already present and increased risk of the return of cancer or a tumor in people who were treated with radiation to the brain or head as children and who developed low growth hormone problems. Contact the healthcare provider if you or your child start to have headaches, or have changes in behavior, changes in vision, or changes in moles, birthmarks, or the color of your skin 
  • new or worsening high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or diabetes 
  • increase in pressure in the skull (intracranial hypertension). If you or your child has headaches, eye problems, nausea or vomiting, contact the healthcare provider 
  • serious allergic reactions. Get medical help right away if you or your child has the following symptoms: swelling of your face, lips, mouth or tongue, trouble breathing, wheezing, severe itching, skin rashes, redness or swelling, dizziness or fainting, fast heartbeat or pounding in your chest, or sweating 
  • your body holding too much fluid (fluid retention) such as swelling in the hands and feet, pain in your joints or muscles or nerve problems that cause pain, burning, or tingling in the hands, arms, legs and feet. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these signs or symptoms of fluid retention. 
  • decrease in a hormone called cortisol. Tell your or your child’s healthcare provider if you or your child has darkening of the skin, severe fatigue, dizziness, weakness or weight loss 
  • decrease in thyroid hormone levels 
  • hip and knee pain or a limp in children (slipped capital femoral epiphysis) 
  • worsening of pre-existing curvature of the spine (scoliosis) 
  • severe and constant abdominal pain can be a sign of pancreatitis. Tell your or your child’s healthcare provider if you or your child has any new abdominal pain. 
  • loss of fat and tissue weakness in the area of skin you inject 
  • increase in phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase, and parathyroid hormone levels in your blood

The most common side effects of Norditropin® include:

  • injection site reactions and rashes, and headaches

Please click here for Norditropin® Prescribing Information.

Norditropin® is a prescription medication.

Novo Nordisk provides patient assistance for those who qualify. Please call 1-866-310-7549 to learn more about Novo Nordisk assistance programs.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800- FDA-1088.

Talk to your health care provider and find out if Norditropin® is right for you or your child.