Adjunctive therapy with the amylin analogue pramlintide leads to a combined improvement in glycemic and weight control in insulin-treated subjects with type 2 diabetes

Diabetes Technol Ther. 2002;4(1):51-61. doi: 10.1089/15209150252924094.


The objective of this study was to assess the effect of mealtime amylin replacement with pramlintide on long-term glycemic and weight control in subjects with type 2 diabetes. This 52-week, randomized, placebo-controlled, multicenter, double-blind, dose-ranging study in 538 insulin-treated subjects with type 2 diabetes compared the efficacy and safety of 30-, 75-, or 150-microg doses of pramlintide, a synthetic analogue of the beta-cell hormone amylin, to placebo when injected subcutaneously three times daily (TID) with major meals. Pramlintide therapy led to a mean reduction in HbA1c of 0.9% and 1.0% from baseline to week 13 in the 75- and 150-microg dose groups, which was significant compared to placebo (p = 0.0004 and p = 0.0002, respectively). In the 150-microg dose group, there was a mean reduction in HbA1c of 0.6% from baseline to week 52 (p = 0.0068 compared to placebo). The greater reduction in HbA1c with pramlintide was achieved without increases in insulin use or severe hypoglycemia, and was accompanied by a significant (p < 0.05) reduction in body weight in all dose groups compared to placebo. Three times the proportion of subjects in the 150-microg pramlintide group compared to the placebo group achieved a concomitant reduction in both HbA1c and body weight from baseline to week 52 (48% versus 16%). The most common adverse event reported with pramlintide treatment was nausea, which was mild to moderate and dissipated early in treatment. The results from this study support the safety and efficacy of pramlintide administered three times a day with major meals, in conjunction with insulin therapy, for improving long-term glycemic and weight control in subjects with type 2 diabetes.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Amyloid / adverse effects
  • Amyloid / therapeutic use*
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Body Weight / drug effects*
  • Continental Population Groups
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / physiopathology
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / analysis
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Insulin / therapeutic use*
  • Islet Amyloid Polypeptide
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Placebos
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States


  • Amyloid
  • Blood Glucose
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin
  • Islet Amyloid Polypeptide
  • Placebos
  • pramlintide