FDA calls for changes in ESA dosing for patients with chronic kidney diseaseJuly 1st 2011
FDA has announced more conservative dosing recommendations for erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) when they are used to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) because of the increased risks of cardiovascular events such as stroke, thrombosis, and death.
REMS now available for Avandia; access to drug restrictedJune 3rd 2011
FDA announced May 18 to the public new restrictions to the prescribing, dispensing, and use of rosiglitazone-containing medications (Avandia, Avandamet, and Avandaryl, GlaxoSmithKline [GSK]) as part of a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy.
Trilipix to stay on market, but FDA panel recommends new studyJune 3rd 2011
An FDA advisory panel recommended fenofibric acid (Trilipix, Abbott) still be marketed for use but voted unanimously that Abbott be required to conduct a new study to determine whether a Trilipix-statin combination reduces heart attacks.
Antihyperglycemic agents useful as third agent, but class preference unclearJune 3rd 2011
There is no clear difference in benefit between drug classes when adding an antihyperglycemic as a third agent to the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes who are already receiving metformin and a sulfonylurea, according to a meta-analysis published in the May 17 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy: Cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular agents fill pipelineJune 1st 2011
The pipeline continues to decline from 4 to 5 years ago where smaller molecules led the way, according to a current state of the pharmaceutical pipeline presentation at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's 23rd Annual Meeting and Showcase in Minneapolis.
Breaking News: Diabetes, specialty drugs continue to drive growth in drug spendingMay 18th 2011
For the fourth consecutive year, diabetes therapy topped the list of contributors to drug use trends in therapeutic categories, contributing 16.1% to overall growth in drug spending in 2010 due to an increasing number of patients, according to the recently released 2011 Medco Drug Trend Report, which tracks utilization and spending.
Consider ER oxymorphone in patients with chronic low back pain, comorbiditiesMay 6th 2011
In patients with chronic low back pain with comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, extended-release oxymorphone (Opana ER, Endo Pharmaceuticals) may be a safe and effective alternative, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, National Harbor, Md.
Intensive glycemic management leads to higher mortality in type 2 diabetes mellitus patientsApril 1st 2011
The management of type 2 diabetes mellitus needs to change in response to the evolving evidence base now available. Research from the ADVANCE and the ACCORD trials was presented during the American Diabetes Association 58th annual advanced postgraduate course in New York City.
Rosiglitazone label and medication guide updated with cardiovascular risksFebruary 18th 2011
FDA has announced that the physician labeling and patient medication guide for rosiglitazone (Avandia, GlaxoSmithKline) have been changed to include information on cardiovascular risks (including death) of this agent.
Angiotensin receptor blockers may not reduce mortality in diabetes, hypertension settingsJanuary 1st 2011
Antihypertensive therapy with an angiotensin receptor blocker is not associated with reductions in cardiovascular or all-cause mortality compared to non-ARB-based regimens in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Kombiglyze XR tablets approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus in adultsDecember 20th 2010
FDA has approved saxagliptin and metformin XR (Kombiglyze XR, AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb) tablets for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults. Kombiglyze XR is the first and only once-a-day metformin XR plus DPP-4 inhibitor combination tablet offering strong glycaemic control across glycosylated hemoglobin levels, fasting plasma glucose and post-prandial glucose.
Paricalcitol found to reduce albuminuria in type 2 diabetesDecember 10th 2010
In a multinational, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial, the selective vitamin D receptor activator paricalcitol (Zemplar, Abbott Laboratories), at doses of 1 µg or 2 µg daily, reduced albuminuria in patients with type 2 diabetes, who were already being treated with renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system inhibitors.
Metformin may lower mortality in patients with diabetes and heart failureDecember 10th 2010
Metformin, either alone or in combination with sulfonylurea, appears to increase 1-year and long-term survival in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic heart failure, according to research published in the October 1 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology, HealthDay News reported.
Glitazones for diabetes prevention found superior to other oral antidiabetic drug classesJuly 1st 2010
A systematic review assessing the comparative effectiveness of oral antidiabetic drugs for preventing patients at high risk from progressing to type 2 diabetes has found glitazones, biguanides, and alpha-glucosidase inhibitors reduced the relative risk of diabetes by as much as 63%, whereas insulin secretagogues had no effect.
Liraglutide: A human GLP-1 analogue for the treatment of type 2 diabetesMay 1st 2009
Liraglutide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue that is currently pending FDA approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. This agent mimics the actions of food-induced endogenous GLP-1 release, thus causing glucose-dependent increased insulin secretion, decreased glucagon secretion, and reduced appetite and gastric emptying.
Metformin moderately protective against CV risk in type 2 diabeticsNovember 13th 2008
Compared with biguanides, thiazolidinediones, meglitinides, and second-generation sulfonylureas, metformin is the sole oral therapy associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular (CV) mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a meta-analysis published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Diabetes treatment becoming more complex, more expensiveNovember 13th 2008
In a survey of trends in diabetes treatment from 1994 to 2007, investigators observed an increasing incidence of diabetes, a greater variety of drugs and combinations available for treatment, and a marked increase in the annual cost of diabetes medications.