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The Lancet Publishes Direct Comparison Study Between Liraglutide and Exenatide
Date:6/8/2009

NEW ORLEANS, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, The Lancet published online the results of the Novo Nordisk (NVO) LEAD(TM) 6 study, a direct comparison between two products in a new class of diabetes treatments, the GLP-1 receptor agonists. Results show that patients treated with liraglutide had a statistically greater drop in A1C than those who received exenatide.

The study compared liraglutide, a human GLP-1 analog, which is under investigation as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, to exenatide, the currently marketed GLP-1 receptor agonist.

"Because of the differences in how the body absorbs and eliminates these two compounds, we were very interested to see if there were clinically meaningful differences in the effect in people with diabetes," said Dr. John Buse, chief of endocrinology and director of the Diabetes Care Center at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and one of the principal investigators in the study. "The clinical benefits that liraglutide provides -- from greater glucose lowering to weight loss to better tolerability and improvements in beta-cell function -- represent a clinically meaningful treatment advance for patients with type 2 diabetes."

LEAD(TM) 6 was a randomized, open-label study comparing the efficacy and safety of liraglutide 1.8 milligrams, once a day, to exenatide 10 micrograms, twice a day.

Treatment with liraglutide led to a statistically significantly greater drop in A1C of 1.12% compared to 0.79% in the exenatide group, and liraglutide was also significantly better than exenatide at lowering fasting plasma glucose (-1.61 mmol/L vs -0.60 mmol/L) in this typical type 2 diabetes population. The study comprised 464 patients who were not reaching recommended blood sugar targets on either the maximally tolerated doses of metformin, sulphonylurea, or both, which are standard oral antidiabetic medications currently availabl
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