Background: In four 24-week controlled studies, the antihyperglycaemic efficacy of saxagliptin was demonstrated in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus as add-on therapy to glyburide, a thiazolidinedione, or metformin, and when used in initial combination with metformin vs. metformin monotherapy in drug-naive patients.
Methods: Data from these studies were analysed to compare the proportions of patients who achieved specific reductions from baseline in glycated haemoglobin [HbA(1c); reductions of ≥ 0.5% and ≥ 0.7% in all studies (prespecified); reductions ≥ 1.0% in the add-on studies and ≥ 1.0% to ≥ 2.5% in the initial combination study (post hoc)] for saxagliptin vs. comparator at week 24. We report overall rates of glycaemic response defined by these reductions in HbA(1c) and rates of response without experiencing hypoglycaemia.
Results: Large glycaemic response rates were higher with saxagliptin 2.5 and 5 mg/day than with comparator (HbA(1c) ≥ 1.0%, 31.7-50.3% vs. 10.3-20.0%) as add-on therapy and higher with saxagliptin 5 mg/day as initial combination with metformin than with metformin monotherapy (HbA(1c) ≥ 2.0%, 68.3% vs. 49.8%) in drug-naive patients. Addition of saxagliptin was associated with a low incidence of hypoglycaemia; overall response rates and response rates excluding patients who experienced hypoglycaemia were similar. Analysis of several demographic and baseline clinical variables revealed no consistent correlations with response to saxagliptin.
Conclusions: Whether receiving saxagliptin as an add-on therapy to glyburide, a thiazolidinedione, or metformin or in initial combination with metformin, a greater percentage of patients achieve clinically relevant large reductions in HbA(1c) vs. comparator, with a low incidence of hypoglycaemia.
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