RIDGEFIELD, Conn. and INDIANAPOLIS, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Data from a retrospective pooled analysis of eight phase III trials (two 18-week and six 24-week) of linagliptin 5 mg once-daily, showed reductions from baseline A1c at 18 (eight trials) and 24 (six trials) weeks compared to placebo in African-American adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D), Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced. Additionally, similar proportions of patients in the linagliptin and placebo groups experienced adverse events, including the incidence of investigator-reported hypoglycemia. These data were presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 23rd Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress in Las Vegas.1
"African-Americans have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and are less likely to achieve glycemic targets due to genetic and environmental factors, yet they are underrepresented in clinical trials," said Christophe Arbet-Engels, M.D., Ph.D., vice president, metabolic clinical development and medical affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "The findings from this retrospective pooled data analysis help support the efficacy and safety profile of linagliptin as a treatment option for African-American adults with type 2 diabetes. We are proud to contribute to the clinical knowledge about oral glucose-lowering drugs specifically in the African-American population."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African-Americans, along with other minority groups, are at a higher risk for T2D than the rest of the population.2
About the Retrospective Pooled Analysis The retrospective pooled analysis from eight randomized, placebo-controlled phase III trials included 336 adults with T2D from North and South America who self-reported their race as African-American. Of the participants, 173 received linagliptin 5 mg and 163 received placebo once-daily, either as monotherapy or add-on to various glucose-lowering regimens, for 18 weeks (two trials) or 24 weeks (six trials). The primary efficacy endpoint was change in A1c from baseline to 18 weeks or 24 weeks. Mean baseline A1c levels were 8.53 percent in the linagliptin group and 8.61 percent in the placebo group. Safety was assessed according to incidence and intensity of adverse events (AEs), including the incidence and intensity of hypoglycemia.
Key findings from the retrospective pooled analysis:
- Placebo-adjusted mean change (95 percent CI) in hemoglobin A1c levels (a measure of average blood glucose) from baseline of –0.69 percent (–0.92, –0.46) at week 18 (eight trials) and −0.64 percent (−0.90, −0.39) at week 24 (six trials).
- Similar proportions of patients in the linagliptin and placebo groups experienced AEs (65.3 percent and 68.1 percent, respectively) with a lower percentage of patients experiencing drug-related AEs in the linagliptin group compared with placebo (9.2 percent and 13.5 percent, respectively).
- Incidence of hypoglycemia was similar across groups (12.1 percent on linagliptin, 11.7 percent on placebo).
Linagliptin, which is marketed as Tradjenta® (linagliptin) tablets in the U.S., is a once-daily, 5-mg tablet used along with diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with T2D. TRADJENTA should not be used in patients with type 1 diabetes or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. TRADJENTA has not been studied in patients with a history of pancreatitis.
What are TRADJENTA tablets? TRADJENTA is a prescription medicine that is used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.
TRADJENTA is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).
If you have had inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) in the past, it is not known if you have a higher chance of getting pancreatitis while you take TRADJENTA.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
What is the most important information I should know about TRADJENTA? Serious side effects can happen to people taking TRADJENTA, including inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which may be severe and lead to death. Before you start taking TRADJENTA, tell your doctor if you have ever had pancreatitis, gallstones, a history of alcoholism, or high triglyceride levels.
Stop taking TRADJENTA and call your doctor right away if you have pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that is severe and will not go away. The pain may be felt going from your abdomen through to your back. The pain may happen with or without vomiting. These may be symptoms of pancreatitis.
Who should not take TRADJENTA? Do not take TRADJENTA if you are allergic to TRADJENTA or any of the ingredients in TRADJENTA.
Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to TRADJENTA may include rash, itching, flaking or peeling; raised red patches on your skin (hives); swelling of your face, lips, tongue and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking TRADJENTA and call your doctor right away.
What should I tell my doctor before using TRADJENTA? Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRADJENTA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how TRADJENTA works.
Especially tell your doctor if you take
- Other medicines that can lower your blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin.
- TRADJENTA may cause serious side effects, including low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If you take TRADJENTA with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of getting low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea or insulin may need to be lowered while you take TRADJENTA.
- Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, hunger, fast heartbeat, sweating, or feeling jittery.
- rifampin (Rifadin®, Rimactane®, Rifater®, Rifamate®)^, an antibiotic that is used to treat tuberculosis.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
What are the possible side effects of TRADJENTA? The most common side effects of TRADJENTA include stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, cough and diarrhea.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
For more safety information, please see Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information.
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Groups Especially Affected by Diabetes. http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/consumer/groups.htm. Accessed on May 1, 2014.
- International Diabetes Federation. Diabetes Atlas, 6th Edition. 2013.
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