New drug for NIDDM

U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approval on April 15th Tuesday .(Health day) of a once-weekly injectable drug, Tanzeum.

Tanzeum is injected once a week and appears to help control blood sugar levels.

The FDA described Tanzeum (albiglutide) as a "glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist -- a hormone that helps normalize patients' blood sugar.

Tanzeum "can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control blood sugar levels in the overall management of diabetes per FDA.

The FDA's approval of the drug was based on eight clinical trials that included more than 2,000 people with type 2 diabetes. Those who took Tanzeum showed improvements in blood sugar control. The drug has also been studied for use in combination with other diabetes medications such as metformin, glimipride etc.

The most common side effects seen with Tanzeum were nausea and/or reactions at the site of injection, the FDA said.

As per FDA ,Post-marketing clinical trials are planned to examine cardiovascular effects, use in pediatric patients, and possible increase in pancratities or medullary thyroid cancer," . "The results of these clinical trials will determine which GLP-1 agonists will be more useful" to patients.

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  • Actually one should stay away from these new drugs as no data for side-effects on long term use are available. Clinical trials can be misleading as we all know what a mess Avandia from GSK created once it rolled out and it took everyone ages for realizing the damages it does to the heart before taking it off from the shelves.

  • i totally agree with you.

  • Everyone is only bothered about just sugar level. By whatever means just lower it. Most of the people don't look at the side effects. I think FDA will not disclose more severe side effects at this moment. When you interfere with normal functions of the hormones, problems will certainly follow.

  • And Doctors are more than eager to write these new and expensive drugs. They get incentives for doing so :)

  • Is it available in India?

  • Why not change your diet to LCHF?

  • Not right now. It is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and soon must be available.

  • The same company that made and thereby killed many diabetics due to heart attacks through Avandia.

  • Very useful information.When widely put to use this drug should make management of T2D easier than at present.

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