Published on November 15, 2012 at 6:45 AM
Forxiga™ (dapagliflozin) works in the kidney to selectively inhibit SGLT2, resulting in the removal of excess glucose and its associated calories in the urine. Through the removal of excess glucose, Forxiga helps to reduce blood sugar levels. In clinical studies, Forxiga also showed reductions in weight and blood pressure. Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca are currently seeking regulatory approval for Forxiga in several other countries.
"Diabetes is a progressive disease that requires a combination of treatment approaches over time," said Lamberto Andreotti, chief executive officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. "Forxiga is the first of a new class of type 2 diabetes medication that works independently of insulin and represents a new treatment option for patients and physicians across Europe."
"We are excited about the approval of Forxiga in Europe, and the significant advancement it represents for the many millions of European patients with type 2 diabetes who need new options to manage this progressive disease," said Pascal Soriot, chief executive officer, AstraZeneca. "Forxiga is an important addition to the growing range of Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca diabetes treatments and further demonstrates our commitment to addressing the unmet needs of adults with type 2 diabetes."
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