US Trends in Type 2 Diabetes Treatment, 1997-2012: Type of Treatment Used, Visit with 1 Compound in 2012

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  • An analysis examined trends in type 2 diabetes treatment among office-based physicians in the United States from 1997 to 2012.
  • Between 1997 and 2007, there was a steady increase in type 2 diabetes treatment visits, peaking at 35.3 million visits in 2007, and declining to 31.2 million visits in 2012.
  • There were 14.9 million treatment visits in 2012 in which a single compound was used. Visits where a single compound was used declined from 54% of visits in 1997 to 35% in 2012. A decline in visits where a single treatment was used was also seen: 60% in 1997 to 42% in 2012.
  • The slide shows the breakdown by type of treatment in visits where a single compound was used, with biguanides being used in over half of visits (53%). Insulins were the second most-used compound (15%).
  • Data were from the IMS Health National Disease and Therapeutic Index and the IMS Health National Prescription Audit. Persons aged ≥35 years with a “treatment visit” at which one or more antihyperglycemic agents was used for treatment of type 2 diabetes were included in the analysis. Each product dispensed equates to a separate treatment visit.  

Turner LW, Nartey D, Stafford RS, Singh S, Alexander GC. Ambulatory treatment of type 2 diabetes in the U.S., 1997-2012. Diabetes Care. 2014;37:985-992.

Any pharmacologic agents discussed are approved for use in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unless otherwise noted. Consult individual prescribing information for approved uses outside of the United States.

May 2014  

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