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Exenatide Once Weekly New Drug Application Submitted to FDA for Type 2 Diabetes
Date:5/5/2009

ne, compared to a reduction of 1.5 percentage points for BYETTA, and 77 percent of patients treated with exenatide once weekly achieved an A1C of 7 percent or less compared to 61 percent of patients treated with BYETTA. Exenatide once weekly and BYETTA were both associated with an average weight loss of 8 pounds from baseline. The most commonly reported adverse event was nausea, which was typically mild and transient and occurred less frequently in the exenatide once weekly patients. In addition, a meta-analysis across controlled clinical studies of three months or greater from the BYETTA database showed no increased risk of cardiovascular events associated with exenatide use. This analysis applied principles outlined in the FDA's guidance for evaluating cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetes agents.

Components of the submission supporting product manufacturing include analyses to demonstrate comparability of the intended commercial product with that used during development. These analyses include data from patients in the ongoing extension of the DURATION-1 study who used exenatide once weekly produced at Amylin's manufacturing facility in Ohio.

"If approved, exenatide once weekly would be the first and only once-a-week therapy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes," said David Vondle, exenatide global brand development leader for Lilly. "A new treatment option to help patients with type 2 diabetes manage blood sugar, with potential weight loss and less frequent dosing, could offer an important advance in the treatment paradigm for patients and physicians who manage this chronic condition."

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Diabetes affects more than 23 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 246 million adults worldwide.(i,ii) Approximately 90-95 percent of those affected have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. and costs approximately $174 billion per year in dire
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