PARIS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sanofi announced today that Soliqua™ 100/33 (insulin glargine 100 Units/mL & lixisenatide* 33 mcg/mL injection) is now available by prescription in U.S. pharmacies. Soliqua 100/33 is indicated for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on basal insulin (less than 60 Units daily) or lixisenatide.
"We are encouraged by the potential of Soliqua 100/33, which has demonstrated superior HbA1c lowering versus Lantus," said Peter Guenter, Executive Vice President, Head, Global Diabetes & Cardiovascular Business Unit, Sanofi. "By offering Soliqua 100/33 – a product containing both a basal insulin and a GLP-1 therapy – at a competitive price while facilitating patient access, we believe we are providing value to patients and the healthcare system."
In the labeled clinical trial, once-daily Soliqua 100/33 demonstrated statistical superiority for the change in HbA1c from baseline to week 30 (p<0.0001) versus Lantus®, the most prescribed basal insulin in the world.1,2,3 The most common side effects reported in the clinical program included low blood sugar, nausea, stuffy or runny nose and sore throat, diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infection and headache. Soliqua 100/33 is delivered in a single pre-filled SoloStar pen with a dose range covering from 15 to 60 Units and two starting doses to support patients' insulin needs. Soliqua 100/33 was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 21, 2016.
The daily Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) price of Soliqua 100/33 is $127 for a 300 Unit pen, which equals $19.90 per day at the average final dose of 47 Units used in the labeled clinical trial.
Sanofi is offering Soliqua 100/33 at a $0 co-pay** for eligible U.S. patients with commercial insurance and is working to secure coverage for Soliqua 100/33 on health plans nationwide. Sanofi is also offering a tailored support program, Soliqua 100/33 COACH, at no cost to adults living with type 2 diabetes who have been prescribed Soliqua 100/33 by their doctor. For additional information, please visit www.soliqua100-33.com.
"Healthcare professionals need a broad range of treatments to individualize a patient's diabetes care, particularly for the many adults living with diabetes who continue to face challenges in controlling their blood sugar levels even after treatment with basal insulin," said George Grunberger, M.D., FACP, FACE, Chairman, Grunberger Diabetes Institute. "This combination product provides a new option for many patients uncontrolled on basal insulin therapy or lixisenatide."
What is SOLIQUA™ 100/33 (insulin glargine 100 Units/mL and lixisenatide 33 mcg/mL injection)?
SOLIQUA 100/33 is an injectable prescription medicine that contains 2 diabetes medicines, insulin glargine 100 Units/mL and lixisenatide, that may improve blood sugar (glucose) control in adults with type 2 diabetes, when used with diet and exercise in people who are not controlled with long-acting (basal) insulin (less than 60 units daily) or lixisenatide.
- It has not been studied in people with a history of pancreatitis.
- It is not recommended for people who also take lixisenatide or other medicines called GLP-1 receptor agonists.
- It is not for use in people with type 1 diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, or who have a stomach problem that causes slow emptying (gastroparesis).
- It has not been studied together with short-acting insulin.
- It is not known if SOLIQUA 100/33 is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
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.
SOLIQUA 100/33 can cause serious side effects, including inflammation of the pancreas, which may be life-threatening.
Before using SOLIQUA 100/33, tell your doctor if you have had:
- a history of alcoholism
- stones in your gallbladder (cholelithiasis)
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 are having an episode of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or if you are allergic to insulin glargine, lixisenatide, or any of the other ingredients in SOLIQUA 100/33.
Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- have or have had symptoms of acute pancreatitis, stones in your gallbladder, or a history of alcoholism.
- have or have had liver or kidney problems.
- have heart failure or other heart problems. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZD (thiazolidinediones).
- have severe problems with your stomach, such as slowed emptying of your stomach or problems digesting food.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if SOLIQUA 100/33 will harm your unborn baby.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if SOLIQUA 100/33 passes into your breast milk.
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
How should I use SOLIQUA 100/33?
- Do not take more than 60 units of SOLIQUA 100/33 each day. If you take too much, it can cause severe nausea and vomiting. Do not take SOLIQUA 100/33 with other GLP-1 receptor agonists. If you take too much SOLIQUA 100/33, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
- Only use SOLIQUA 100/33 that is clear, colorless to almost colorless. If you see small particles, return it to your pharmacy for replacement.
- Do not mix SOLIQUA 100/33 in any other type of insulin or liquid medicine prior to injection.
- Do not remove SOLIQUA 100/33 from the pen with a syringe.
- Do not re-use or share needles with other people. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.
- Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your healthcare provider what your blood sugar should be and when you should check.
SOLIQUA 100/33 may cause serious side effects, including:
- Serious allergic reactions. Severe allergic reactions can happen with SOLIQUA 100/33. Stop taking it and get help right away if you have any symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms may include swelling of your face, problems breathing or swallowing, severe rash or itching, fainting or feeling dizzy, and very rapid heartbeat.
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Your risk for getting low blood sugar is higher if you take another medicine that can cause low blood sugar. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
- fast heartbeat
- feeling jittery
- Kidney problems (kidney failure). In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration), which may worsen kidney problems.
- Low potassium in your blood (hypokalemia).
- Heart failure. Taking certain diabetes pills called TZDs (thiazolidinediones) with SOLIQUA 100/33 may cause heart failure in some people. This can happen even if you have never had heart failure or heart problems before. If you already have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with SOLIQUA 100/33. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new or worse symptoms of heart failure, including shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet, sudden weight gain.
The most common side effects of SOLIQUA 100/33 may include:
- low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- allergic reactions
- upper respiratory tract infection
- stuffy or runny nose and sore throat
Nausea and diarrhea usually happen more often when you start using SOLIQUA 100/33.
Please click here for full Prescribing Information for SOLIQUA 100/33 (insulin glargine & lixisenatide injection) 100 Units/mL & 33 mcg/mL: www.soliqua100-33.com.
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* Lixisenatide was in-licensed from Zealand Pharma A/S (NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen: ZEAL), www.zealandpharma.com.
** With the SOLIQUA 100/33 Savings Card, patients may be eligible for the $0 CO-PAY offer for the next 12 months. Restrictions apply. This offer is for commercially insured patients and is not valid for prescriptions covered by or submitted for reimbursement under Medicare, Medicaid, VA, DOD, or TRICARE, or similar federal or state programs including any state pharmaceutical programs. Void where prohibited by law. Savings card carries maximum savings of $700 off per pack for the duration of the program. Savings may vary depending on patient's out-of-pocket costs. Upon registration, patient receives all program details. Sanofi US reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend the program without notice.
- Data on file: IMS Q_Global Q4/2015, V.Kircher.
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