BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the expanded use of Soliqua® 100/33 (insulin glargine and lixisenatide injection) 100 Units/mL and 33 mcg/mL. Previously approved for use as an add-on to diet and exercise in adults with type 2 diabetes who are uncontrolled on long-acting insulin or lixisenatide, Soliqua 100/33 can now also be prescribed for patients uncontrolled on oral antidiabetic medicines.
"Many people living with type 2 diabetes are uncontrolled on diet and exercise alone and could require additional interventions to help lower their blood sugar levels," said Michelle Carnahan, North America Head of Primary Care, Sanofi. "This FDA decision marks the first combination insulin and GLP-1 injectable medicine approved for adults living with type 2 diabetes who are uncontrolled with diet and exercise, potentially providing them access to an option that can help them achieve their treatment goals."
The FDA approval was based on data from the LixiLan-O clinical trial which showed, in adults with type 2 diabetes uncontrolled with metformin and/or a second oral antidiabetic therapy, that treatment with Soliqua 100/33 led to significantly greater reductions in blood sugar levels compared with insulin glargine and lixisenatide (-1.6%, -1.3%, -0.9%, respectively; p<0.0001). In addition, significantly more patients reached their target blood sugar levels with Soliqua 100/33 (74%) compared with insulin glargine (59%) or lixisenatide (33%). Low blood sugar events were similar between Soliqua 100/33 (25.6%) and insulin glargine (23.6%), but were lower with lixisenatide (6.4%). The most common adverse events generally at the beginning of treatment in the Soliqua 100/33 arm were nausea (9.6%) and vomiting (3.2%).
Sanofi will continue offering its savings program for Soliqua 100/33 which can limit out-of-pocket expenses sometimes to $0 for all commercially insured patients regardless of formulary status on an insurance plan or income level. For more information about this program, visit www.soliqua100-33.com.
About Soliqua 100/33
Soliqua 100/33 is an injectable prescription medicine that contains 2 diabetes medicines, insulin glargine and lixisenatide, which may improve blood sugar (glucose) control in adults with type 2 diabetes when used with diet and exercise.
Important Safety Information for Soliqua® 100/33 (insulin glargine and lixisenatide injection) 100 Units/mL and 33 mcg/mL
What is the most important information I should know about Soliqua 100/33?
Do not share your Soliqua 100/33 pen with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.
Soliqua 100/33 can cause serious side effects, including inflammation of the pancreas, which may be severe and lead to death.
Before using Soliqua 100/33, tell your doctor if you have had pancreatitis, stones in your gallbladder (cholelithiasis), or a history of alcoholism. These medical problems may make you more likely to get pancreatitis.
Stop taking Soliqua 100/33 and call your healthcare provider right away if you have pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that is severe, and will not go away. The pain may be felt in the back area. The pain may happen with or without vomiting.
Who should not use Soliqua 100/33?
Do not use Soliqua 100/33 if you:
Before using Soliqua 100/33, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Soliqua 100/33 may affect the way some medicines work. Before using Soliqua 100/33, talk to your healthcare provider about low blood sugar and how to manage it.
How should I use Soliqua 100/33?
What are the possible side effects of Soliqua 100/33?
Soliqua 100/33 may cause serious side effects, including:
The most common side effects of Soliqua 100/33 include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), nausea, diarrhea, upper respiratory infection, stuffy or runny nose, and headache. Nausea and diarrhea usually happen more often when you first start using Soliqua 100/33.
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