16 September 2016

Positive results from the Phase III DURATION-8 trial confirmed that Bydureon (exenatide extended-release formulation) 2mg once weekly, combining with Forxiga (dapagliflozin) 10mg once daily significantly reduced blood sugar as measured by HbA1c, versus the individual medicines alone in patients with type-2 diabetes ineffectively controlled on metformin. The results were presented today at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Munich, Germany, and simultaneously published in the journal ‘The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology’.

“Because of the progressive nature of type-2 diabetes, patients often require multiple antidiabetic medicines to achieve and maintain glycaemic control. The results of DURATION-8 show that combining medicines that work in different ways can significantly reduce HbA1c, as well as weight and systolic blood pressure,” said Serge A. Jabbour, MD, FACP, FACE, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Director of the Diabetes Center at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia,

“With DURATION-8, AstraZeneca is the first company to highlight the potential benefits of combining a GLP-1 receptor agonist and SGLT-2 inhibitor as a highly-effective treatment alternative to existing non-insulin therapies for patients with severe, uncontrolled type-2 diabetes. Further, it reinforces our commitment to pushing the boundaries of science in the treatment of a disease that affects an estimated 415 million adults worldwide,” said Elisabeth Björk, Vice President, Head of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, Global Medicines Development at AstraZeneca.

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