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Metformin is the active ingredient in a drug used to treat diabetes mellitus (a condition in which the body cannot control the level of sugar in the blood). It is also being studied in the treatment of cancer. It decreases the amount of glucose (a type of sugar) released into the bloodstream from the liver and increases the body’s use of the glucose. Metformin is a type of antidiabetic agent.
Disease-specific employee-based health plan helps reduce costs of care

Disease-specific employee-based health plan helps reduce costs of care

People with diabetes who enroll in a health plan tailored to their medical condition are more likely to stick to their medication and actively take charge of their own health care. These are among the findings of a study into the effectiveness of the Diabetes Health Plan, the first disease-specific health plan in the United States for patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes. [More]
IQWiG finds minor added benefit of dulaglutide in combination with short-acting insulin for type 2 diabetes

IQWiG finds minor added benefit of dulaglutide in combination with short-acting insulin for type 2 diabetes

Since 2014 dulaglutide has been approved alone or in combination with other drugs for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care examined in a dossier assessment whether this new drug offers an added benefit over the appropriate comparator therapies. [More]
Common diabetes medication causes intersex in fish

Common diabetes medication causes intersex in fish

A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish -male fish that produce eggs. [More]
Study supports use of vitamin E as effective treatment for NASH

Study supports use of vitamin E as effective treatment for NASH

Results revealed today at The International Liver Congress 2015 show that vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol) is an effective treatment for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH occurs when the liver becomes inflamed due to the accumulation of fat. Over time, persistent inflammation can lead to the formation of fibrous scar tissue in the liver and around its blood vessels, which can eventually cause cirrhosis. [More]
Upsher-Smith presents favorable data from PREVAIL OLE study of Qudexy XR capsules

Upsher-Smith presents favorable data from PREVAIL OLE study of Qudexy XR capsules

Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. presented data from a 52-week, open-label extension study (PREVAIL OLE) showing that Qudexy XR (topiramate) extended-release capsules offered a long-term adjunctive treatment option with a favorable tolerability profile for a high proportion of patients with refractory partial-onset seizures (POS). [More]
Prolonged insulin therapy often unnecessary in children with Type 2 diabetes

Prolonged insulin therapy often unnecessary in children with Type 2 diabetes

Many children who require insulin treatment on diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes can be weaned off the medication, show findings from the run-in phase of the Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth study. [More]
Vitamin D3 and metformin show promising results in preventing colorectal cancer

Vitamin D3 and metformin show promising results in preventing colorectal cancer

The concept was simple: If two compounds each individually show promise in preventing colon cancer, surely it's worth trying the two together to see if even greater impact is possible. [More]
Glyxambi for Type 2 diabetes treatment now available by prescription across the U.S.

Glyxambi for Type 2 diabetes treatment now available by prescription across the U.S.

Glyxambi® (empagliflozin/linagliptin) tablets are now available by prescription in many leading chain and independent pharmacies across the U.S., including Walgreens and Rite Aid. [More]
Study: Combination of metformin and onion extract lowers blood glucose, total cholesterol levels

Study: Combination of metformin and onion extract lowers blood glucose, total cholesterol levels

The extract of onion bulb, Allium cepa, strongly lowered high blood glucose (sugar) and total cholesterol levels in diabetic rats when given with the antidiabetic drug metformin, according to a new study. [More]
UT Southwestern scientists identify new biomarker that could optimize chemotherapy response

UT Southwestern scientists identify new biomarker that could optimize chemotherapy response

UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have identified a new biomarker that could help identify patients who are more likely to respond to certain chemotherapies. [More]
Isis announces top-line results from ISIS-PTP1B Rx Phase 2 study in type 2 diabetes patients

Isis announces top-line results from ISIS-PTP1B Rx Phase 2 study in type 2 diabetes patients

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today top-line results from a Phase 2 study of ISIS-PTP1B Rx in patients with type 2 diabetes. In the Phase 2 study patients treated with ISIS-PTP1B Rx achieved statistically significant reductions in body weight and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). [More]
Study clarifies association between metformin use and lung cancer risk

Study clarifies association between metformin use and lung cancer risk

Among nonsmokers who had diabetes, those who took the diabetes drug metformin had a decrease in lung cancer risk, according to a study in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, by Lori Sakoda, PhD, MPH, research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California. [More]
Purdue University researchers find promising way to treat late-stage prostate cancer

Purdue University researchers find promising way to treat late-stage prostate cancer

Low doses of metformin, a widely used diabetes medication, and a gene inhibitor known as BI2536 can successfully halt the growth of late-stage prostate cancer tumors, a Purdue University study finds. [More]
Certain patients with type 2 diabetes, renal impairment discouraged from taking metformin

Certain patients with type 2 diabetes, renal impairment discouraged from taking metformin

Many patients with type 2 diabetes in the United States may be discouraged from taking metformin—a proven, oral diabetes medicine—because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inappropriately labels the drug unsafe for some patients also suffering from kidney problems, researchers from Penn Medicine and Weill Cornel Medical College report this week in a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine. [More]
Diabetes drug can boost efficacy of TB medication without causing drug resistance

Diabetes drug can boost efficacy of TB medication without causing drug resistance

A more effective treatment for tuberculosis (TB) could soon be available as scientists have discovered that Metformin (MET), a drug for treating diabetes, can also be used to boost the efficacy of TB medication without inducing drug resistance. [More]
Alizé Pharma completes two Phase I clinical trials of AZP-531 in healthy volunteers, obese subjects

Alizé Pharma completes two Phase I clinical trials of AZP-531 in healthy volunteers, obese subjects

Alizé Pharma SAS, an Alizé Pharma group company specialized in the development of biopharmaceuticals to treat metabolic disorders and rare diseases, announces today the completion of two Phase I clinical trials with its unacylated ghrelin analog AZP-531 in 76 healthy volunteers and overweight or obese subjects. [More]
Behavioural, drug interventions aiming to prevent progression to diabetes equally effective for both sexes

Behavioural, drug interventions aiming to prevent progression to diabetes equally effective for both sexes

Behavioural and drug interventions aiming to prevent people with prediabetes progressing to full blown type 2 diabetes are equally effective for both sexes at preventing progression and reducing weight, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis. [More]
Researchers use EHRs to uncover hidden drug benefits

Researchers use EHRs to uncover hidden drug benefits

With research and development costs for many drugs reaching well into the billions, pharmaceutical companies want more than ever to determine whether their drugs already at market have any hidden therapeutic benefits that could warrant putting additional indications on the label and increase production. [More]
No added benefit proven for empagliflozin in type 2 diabetes

No added benefit proven for empagliflozin in type 2 diabetes

Empagliflozin (trade name Jardiance) has been approved since May 2014 for adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus in whom diet and exercise alone do not provide adequate glycaemic control. [More]
Diabetes treatment with low-cost generic drug can have positive implications for patient's quality of life

Diabetes treatment with low-cost generic drug can have positive implications for patient's quality of life

New research from CVS Health finds starting a new diabetes patient on metformin, a generic oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels, reduced the need to add on additional treatments to control the condition over time. Although there are many classes of oral diabetes medications, there has historically been little evidence available on the comparative effectiveness of treatments to help patients and providers select an initial diabetes therapy. [More]
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