DPP-4 Inhibitors

A systematic review of acute pancreatitis as an adverse event of type 2 diabetes drugs: from hard facts to a balanced position

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Giorda CB, Nada E, Tartaglino B, Marafetti L, Gnavi R. A systematic review of acute pancreatitis as an adverse event of type 2 diabetes drugs: from hard facts to a balanced position. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2014;16:1041-1047.

HARMONY 3: 104-week trial assessing the efficacy and safety of albiglutide compared with placebo, sitagliptin, and glimepiride

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Ahrén B, Johnson SL, Stewart M, et al; for the HARMONY 3 Study Group. HARMONY 3: 104-week randomized, double-blind, placebo- and active-controlled trial assessing the efficacy and safety of albiglutide compared with placebo, sitagliptin, and glimepiride in patients with type 2 diabetes taking metformin. Diabetes Care. 2014;37(8):2141-2148.

Incidence of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer in a randomized controlled multicenter trial (SAVOR-TIMI 53) of the DPP-4 inhibitor saxagliptin

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Raz I, Bhatt DL, Hirshberg B, et al. Incidence of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer in a randomized controlled multicenter trial (SAVOR-TIMI 53) of the dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor saxagliptin. Diabetes Care. 2014. DOI:10.2337/dc13-2546.

Incretin based drugs and risk of acute pancreatitis in patients with type 2 diabetes: cohort study

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Faillie J-L, Azoulay L, Patenaude V, Hillaire-Buys D, Suissa S. Incretin based drugs and risk of acute pancreatitis in patients with type 2 diabetes: cohort study. BMJ. 2014;348:g2780. doi 10.1136/bmj.g2780.

Exenatide once weekly versus liraglutide once daily in patients with type 2 diabetes (DURATION-6): a randomised, open-label study.

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Buse JB, Nauck M, Forst T, et al. Exenatide once weekly versus liraglutide once daily in patients with type 2 diabetes (DURATION-6): a randomised, open-label study. Lancet. 2013;381(9861):117-124. DURATION (Diabetes Therapy Utilization: Researching Changes in A1C, Weight, and Other Factors Through Intervention with Exenatide Once-Weekly) is a series of multinational studies comparing once-weekly exenatide with other antihyperglycemic therapies for treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Meta-analysis of effect of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors on cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetes mellitus

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Patil HR, Al Badarin FJ, Al Shami HA, et al. Meta-analysis of effect of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors on cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Am J Cardiol. 2012;110:826-833. This meta-analysis from Patil and colleagues provides insights into the effects of DPP-4 inhibitors on cardiovascular (CV) events, and is the first adequately powered study that shows a class-wide effect for DPP-4 inhibitors in decreasing CV event risk over long-term treatment (≥24 weeks).

Efficacy & safety of switching from the DPP-4 inhibitor sitagliptin to the human GLP-1 analog liraglutide after 52 wks in metformin-treated patients

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Pratley RE, Nauck MA, Bailey T, et al. Efficacy and safety of switching from the DPP-4 inhibitor sitagliptin to the human GLP-1 analog liraglutide after 52 weeks in metformin-treated patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized, open-label trial. Diabetes Care. 2012;35(10):1986-1993. In 2011, Pratley and colleagues reported 52-week data from a trial that explored treatment with the DPP-4 inhibitor, sitagliptin, and the GLP-1 receptor agonist, liraglutide, among subjects with type 2 diabetes and A1C 7.5%–10%.

2-year efficacy and safety of linagliptin compared with glimepiride in patients with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on metformin

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Gallwitz B, Rosenstock J, Rauch T, et al. 2-year efficacy and safety of linagliptin compared with glimepiride in patients with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on metformin: a randomised, double-blind, non-inferiority trial. Lancet. 2012;380(9840):475-483. A recent position statement from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) cites metformin as the optimal first-line drug for diabetes treatment. However, the statement acknowledges that limited data exist regarding treatments to be used beyond metformin.

Meta-analysis: DPP-4 Inhibitors for Type 2 Diabetes

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Karagiannis T, Paschos P, Paletas K, Matthews DR, Tsapas A. Meta-analysis: DPP-4 Inhibitors for Type 2 Diabetes. BMJ. 2012 Mar 12;344:e1369. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e1369. Karagiannis and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 27 studies to evaluate the efficacy of DPP-4 inhibitors for treatment of type 2 diabetes when compared with other antihyperglycemic therapies.

EASIE: Insulin Glargine vs Sitagliptin in Insulin-naïve Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Uncontrolled on Metformin

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Continuous coverage of ADA 2012. Aschner P, Chan J, Owens DR, et al; on behalf of the EASIE investigators. EASIE: Insulin Glargine vs Sitagliptin in Insulin-naïve Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Uncontrolled on Metformin. Lancet. 2012;379(9833):2262-2269. The Evaluation of insulin glargine versus Sitagliptin in Insulin-naïve patients (EASIE) trial is a multicenter, randomized, parallel, open-label trial that examined the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of a basal insulin, insulin glargine, vs a DPP-4 inhibitor, sitagliptin, among insulin-naïve patients with type 2 diabetes that was uncontrolled on metformin.

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