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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.

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).

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.

Effects of intensive glucose lowering in type 2 diabetes

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The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes Study Group. Effects of intensive glucose lowering in type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2008;358(24):2545-2559. The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) study investigated the effects of intensive glucose-lowering therapy on CV event reduction among patients with type 2 diabetes and either risk factors for, or established, cardiovascular disease.

β-cell function preservation after 3.5 years of intensive diabetes therapy

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Harrison LB, Adams Huet B, Raskin P, Lingvay I. Beta cell function preservation after 3.5 years of intensive diabetes therapy. Diabetes Care. 2012;35(7):1406-1412. To assess beta-cell function preservation after 3.5 years of intensive therapy with insulin plus metformin (INS group) versus triple oral therapy (TOT group) with metformin, glyburide, and pioglitazone.

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.

A clinical trial to maintain glycemic control in youth with type 2 diabetes

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TODAY Study Group. A clinical trial to maintain glycemic control in youth with type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. Epub ahead of print.The Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY) study was a multicenter, randomized clinical trial that examined whether rosiglitazone plus metformin or intensive lifestyle intervention plus metformin initiated early in the disease course of youth-onset type 2 diabetes would maintain acceptable glycemic control better than metformin monotherapy.

Fenofibrate-associated changes in renal function and relationship to clinical outcomes among individuals with type 2 diabetes: the ACCORD experience

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Bonds DE, Craven TE, Buse J, Crouse JR, Cuddihy R, Elam M, Ginsberg HN, Kirchner K, Marcovina S, Mychaleckyj JC, O'Connor PJ, Sperl-Hillen JA. Fenofibrate associated changes in renal function and relationship to clinical outcomes among individuals with type 2 diabetes the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) experience. Diabetologia. 2012 Mar 27. Epub ahead of print. Fenofibrate has been noted to cause an elevation in serum creatinine in some individuals.

Long-term treatment with the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor saxagliptin in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and renal impairment

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Nowicki M, Rychlik I, Haller H, et al. Int J Clin Pract . Long-term treatment with the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor saxagliptin in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and renal impairment: a randomised controlled 52-week efficacy and safety study. 2011;65(12):1230-1239. Nowicki and colleagues examined the effects of the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, saxagliptin, among patients with inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes and renal impairment in a 52-week study.

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