05.02.2013 - The European Commission has granted EU market authorisation to Sanofi’s GLP-1 receptor agonist licisenatide as a diabetes therapy.
The first in class once-daily prandial GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) receptor agonist, is indicated for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus to achieve glycaemic control as a second line therapy. The decision of the Commission to approve the drug for patients that do not respond to a combination of oral glucose-lowering medicinal products plus basal insulin as well as diet and exercise is based on results from the GetGoal clinical programme
In 11 studies on 5,000 patients, the Paris-based drug maker demonstrated significant HbA1c reductions, a pronounced post-prandial glucose lowering effect and a beneficial effect on body weight in adult patients with type 2 diabetes. GetGoal results also showed that Lyxumia (licisenatide) had a favourable safety and tolerability profile in most patients, with mild and transient nausea and vomiting, the most common adverse events observed in the GLP-1 receptor agonist class, and a limited risk of hypoglycaemia, according to Sanofi.
The therapy, which was licensed from Danish Zealand Pharma A/S in a €170m deal, is indicated when first-line therapy proves no longer effective over time. It strengthens Sanofi’s leading position in the €12bn diabetes market. GLP-1 is a naturally-occurring peptide hormone that is released within minutes after eating a meal. It is known to suppress glucagon secretion from pancreatic alpha cells and stimulate glucose-dependent insulin secretion by pancreatic beta cells
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