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Date:1/18/2008

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved WelChol(R) (colesevelam HCl) Tablets as the first LDL cholesterol lowering medication also indicated for improving glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) in combination with metformin, sulfonylureas, or insulin, when these agents are used alone or in combination with other anti-diabetic agents.

The ADA estimates that 20.8 million people in the United States have diabetes and more than 90% of these have type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes face significantly higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. It is estimated that approximately half of all Americans have elevated blood cholesterol levels that can negatively impact their health and quality of life. According to a recent Harris Interactive Survey, approximately 29% of adults previously diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia have also been diagnosed with diabetes. Given the prevalence of diabetes and high LDL cholesterol, a medication that can help lower both A1C and LDL cholesterol can be beneficial for many patients. Welchol is a new option that addresses these two chronic health conditions and provides physicians with a different therapeutic approach for treating patients with type 2 diabetes.
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