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Once-Weekly Diabetes Drug Boosts Blood Sugar Control
Date:9/7/2008

cording to the researchers, HbA1C levels fell to a mean of 6.4 percent among the Byetta once-weekly group, versus 6.8 percent for those on the twice-daily regimen. More patients on the weekly dose achieved a target Hb1AC level of 7 percent (77 percent) than those on the twice-a-day regimen (61 percent).

Overall, the once-a-week formulation provided patients with better blood sugar control than the twice-daily regimen, the authors wrote, "with no increased risk of hypoglycaemia and similar reductions in body weight."

The findings echo those from a similar study reported June 10 at the American Diabetes Association meeting in San Francisco. In their year-long study of 295 type 2 diabetics, researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, found that 74 percent of all participants achieved an HbAIC level of 7 percent or less -- regardless of whether they received Byetta once a week or twice daily.

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-- E.J. Mundell



SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, Sept. 7, 2008


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