Once-weekly Basal insulin Icodec shows similar efficacy to Glargine
Insulin icodec is an experimental basal insulin analogue which is used to maintain normal blood glucose in type 2 patients (T2DM). In a phase 2 study, insulin icodec was found better than other insulin therapies for type 2 patients.
A 26- week trial that involved 247 adults with T2DM who have not previously been prescribed insulin, inadequately controlled (HbA1c 7.0–9.5%) was conducted to examine the efficacy and safety of icodec. One set of subjects were randomized to once-weekly insulin icodec and the other set were randomized to once-daily insulin glargine U100.
The primary endpoint showed that the change from baseline to week 26 in blood sugar control (HbA1c) was similar in participants receiving once-weekly insulin icodec compared to once-daily insulin glargine U100 (-1.33% vs -1.15% points, respectively, p=0.08). Secondary endpoints included change in fasting plasma glucose (FPG) from baseline to week 26, which was similar for insulin icodec and insulin glargine U100 (-58mg/dL and -54mg/dL respectively), and the change from baseline to week 26 of the mean of the nine-point self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) profile, which was greater for icodec (-7.9 mg/dL; p= 0.01).
The study showed that insulin icodec was on par with insulin glargine in terms of lowering blood sugar and safety protocol.
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