Importance of the field: Despite the wide array of treatments available, a significant number of patients with type 2 diabetes continue to remain uncontrolled. The discovery of the incretin hormones and their role in glucose homeostasis has brought about a new class of medications called the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogs. This new class of medications provides the benefits of weight loss as well as a lack of hypoglycemia. However, the currently available agents require once or twice daily injections.
Areas covered in this review: Relevant literature will be discussed on albiglutide, a new GLP-1 analog in Phase III clinical trials. Several clinical trials examining the use of albiglutide as combination therapy are currently ongoing.
What the reader will gain: To date, results of clinical trials suggest that albiglutide may provide a more attractive dosing profile compared with the currently available GLP-1 analogs.
Take home message: The results of ongoing trials will help define the role of albiglutide in treating patients with type 2 diabetes.