Washington, D.C. 20549


                                   FORM 6-K/A


                            REPORT OF FOREIGN ISSUER

                       Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
                     of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                                DECEMBER 15, 2004


                                NOVO NORDISK A/S
             (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

                                    NOVO ALLE
                               DK-2880, BAGSVAERD
                    (Address of principal executive offices)


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports
under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F

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contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the
Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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connection with Rule 12g-32(b):82-_____________________


This amendment Form 6-K/A filing is being made due to a missing cover page and
signature page, the original filing was timely filed on December 10, 2004



Bagsvaerd, Denmark and Hayward, California - Novo Nordisk and Aradigm
Corporation today announced an agreement giving Novo Nordisk full development
and manufacturing rights to the AERx(R) insulin Diabetes Management System
(iDMS) programme. Under the agreement, Novo Nordisk will purchase manufacturing
equipment and leasehold improvements currently utilised by Aradigm in the
AERx(R) iDMS programme for an estimated cash payment of USD 55 million. Novo
Nordisk will assume all further responsibilities for AERx(R) iDMS development
and funding. Aradigm will maintain a long-term interest in the programme through
an adjusted royalty on future AERx(R) iDMS net sales.

As a result of the expanded licensing agreement, Novo Nordisk has formed a new
affiliate, Novo Nordisk Delivery Technologies, Inc based in Hayward, California,
which will assume the leases and operational overhead on two of Aradigm's
current three buildings, and will offer employment to approximately 130 Aradigm
employees who have been dedicated to iDMS. The companies have the option to
continue collaborating in specific areas such as next-generation AERx(R)
technologies. If needed, Novo Nordisk will provide certain contract
manufacturing services to support other AERx(R) programmes for up to three

"Novo Nordisk remains committed to the development of inhaled insulin. The
AERx(R) iDMS is an excellent fit within our portfolio of insulin delivery
systems," stated Lars Rebien S0rensen, president and chief executive officer of
Novo Nordisk. "We are confident that the transition will be smooth, and that
both companies will benefit from the new structure."

"We are pleased that Novo Nordisk has assumed a greater role in completing the
development of the AERx(R) iDMS system," added Dr Bryan Lawlis, Aradigm's
president and chief executive officer. "This agreement establishes two key
components for Aradigm's future success: it confirms Novo Nordisk's commitment
to the AERx(R) iDMS programme, and it provides Aradigm the financial flexibility
to accelerate the development of additional AERx(R) and Intraject(R)
applications. In addition to the cash payment at closing, Aradigm will no longer
be responsible for the expenditures associated with commercial scale-up and
manufacturing of AERx(R) iDMS."

Finalisation of the agreement is subject to customary closing conditions,
including approvals from regulatory authorities, as well as approval from
Aradigm common and preferred shareholders, which is expected at a special
shareholder's meeting to be held later in 2004. The agreement is expected to
close by the end of 2004. The transaction does not change Novo Nordisk's
expectations for the financial results for 2004.

Forward-looking statement

The above sections contain forward-looking statements as the term is defined in
the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking
statements provide current expectations or forecasts of events such as new
product introductions, product approvals and financial performance.

Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and
inaccurate assumptions. This may cause actual results to differ materially from
expectations. Factors that may affect future results include interest rate and
currency exchange rate fluctuations, delay or failure of development projects,
production problems, unexpected contract breaches or terminations,
government-mandated or market-driven price decreases for Novo Nordisk's
products, introduction of competing products, Novo Nordisk's ability to
successfully market both new and existing products, exposure to product
liability and other lawsuits, changes in reimbursement rules and governmental
laws and related interpretation thereof, and unexpected growth in costs and

Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by Novo Nordisk
with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) including the company's
Form 20-F, which was filed on 27 February 2004. Please also refer to the section
'Management of risk in Novo Nordisk' in the Annual Financial Report 2003. Novo
Nordisk is under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements or to
conform such statements to actual results, unless required by law.

Please note: Except for the historical information contained herein, this news
release contains forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties,
including the timely availability and acceptance of new products, the impact of
competitive products and pricing, and the management of growth, as well as the
other risks detailed from time to time in Aradigm Corporation's Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) Registration Statements, including the company's
Annual Report on Form 10-K as amended and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

About Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is a healthcare company and a world leader in diabetes care. The
company has the broadest diabetes product portfolio in the industry, including
the most advanced products within the area of insulin delivery systems. In
addition, Novo Nordisk has a leading position within areas such as haemostasis
management, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Novo Nordisk
manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products and services that make a
significant difference to patients, the medical profession and society. With
headquarters in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 19,600 full-time
employees in 69 countries, and markets its products in 179 countries. Novo
Nordisk's B shares are listed on the stock exchanges in Copenhagen and London.
Its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'NVO'. For
more information, visit novonordisk.com.

About Aradigm Corporation

Aradigm develops non-invasive delivery systems to enable patients to comfortably
self-administer biopharmaceuticals and small molecules that would otherwise be
given by injection. The Company's advanced AERx(R) pulmonary and Intraject(R)
needle-free delivery technologies offer rapid delivery solutions for liquid drug
formulations. Current development programmes focus on neurological disorders,
heart disease, respiratory conditions and cancer. More information about Aradigm
can be found at aradigm.com. Investors may also request company information via
e-mail by directing inquiries to investor@aradigm.com.

AERx(R) and Intraject(R) are registered trademarks of Aradigm Corporation.

For further information from Novo Nordisk please contact:

Media:                     Investors:

Outside North America:     Outside North America:
Mike Rulis                 Until 5 October: Peter Haahr
Tel:                       Tel:
(+45) 4442 3573            (+45) 4442 1207

                           After 5 October:
                           Mogens Thorsager Jensen
                           (+45) 4442 7945

                           Palle Holm Olesen
                           Tel: (+45) 4442 6175

In North America:          In North America:
Brian Zignego              Christian Kanstrup
(+1) 609-933-5853 Tel:     (+1) 609 919 7937

For further information from Aradigm please contact:

Media:                     Investors:

Christopher Keenan         Joe Dorame (RCG Capital Markets)
Tel (direct):              Tel (main):
(+1) 510 265 9370         (+1) 480 675 0400

Stock Exchange Announcement No 55 / 2004


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf of the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Date: DECEMBER 15, 2004                       NOVO NORDISK A/S
                                            Lars Rebien Sorensen,
                                     President and Chief Executive Officer