PARIS, France, June 9, 2012-- Sanofi (EURONEXT : SAN and NYSE : SNY) announced today that people with early type 2 diabetes uncontrolled on metformin demonstrated superior HbA1c - glycated hemoglobin - reduction with Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) versus sitagliptin. These data from the EASIE (Evaluation of Insulin Glargine Versus Sitagliptin in Insulin-Naive Patients) study were presented at the American Diabetes Association 72nd Scientific Sessions. Results of the study were also published today online in The Lancet.
"The findings of this study comparing insulin glargine with sitagliptin provide evidence to support the recent ADA-EASD proposal to consider early basal insulin therapy as add-on to metformin to help achieve glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes," said principal investigator Pablo Aschner, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Hospital Universitario San Ignacio, Colombia.
In insulin-naive people with type 2 diabetes, who were inadequately controlled by metformin once-daily, insulin glargine produced superior HbA1c reduction (-1.7%) versus once daily sitagliptin (-1.1%; p<0.001). Notably 50% more patients on insulin glargine achieved HbA1c <7% (68 vs. 42%) and <6.5% (40 vs. 17%) compared to sitagliptin (p<0.0001 for both), indicating improved glycemic control for a greater number of insulin glargine patients. Additionally, a statistically significant improvement in fasting plasma glucose (FPG), a key contributor to glycemic control, was observed for patients on insulin glargine compared to sitagliptin. The mean difference in self-monitored FPG was -41.4 mg/dL (95% CI: -46.8 to -36.0 mg/dL) lower with insulin glargine than with sitagliptin (p<0.0001).
Treatment-emergent adverse events were less frequent in patients on insulin glargine (108 patients [46%]) versus sitagliptin (143 patients [54%]). Hypoglycemia rates were higher with insulin glargine (4.21 events per patient year versus 0.50 for sitagliptin; p<0.0001). The number of patients with overall symptomatic hypoglycemia and nocturnal symptomatic hypoglycemia, with plasma glucose (PG) < 56 mg/dL, was 56 with insulin glargine compared to 12 with sitagliptin, and 20 vs. 2, respectively. Severe symptomatic hypoglycemia was reported in 3 patients receiving insulin glargine compared to 1 receiving sitagliptin. Severe nocturnal symptomatic hypoglycemia was reported in 1 patient in each group. Mean body weight slightly increased with glargine (+0.4 kg) and decreased with sitagliptin (-1.1 kg).
"The EASIE study adds valuable data to further strengthen the efficacy profile of Lantus® when initiated early in the treatment pathway after metformin," said Pierre Chancel, Senior Vice President, Global Diabetes, Sanofi. "EASIE is a demonstration of the continued commitment of Sanofi to helping people with type 2 diabetes reach their glycemic targets."
The study findings are highlighted at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in the following abstract: Evaluation of Insulin Glargine Versus Sitagliptin in Insulin-Naive Patients (EASIE) With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) Uncontrolled in Metformin (Aschner et al.) [CT-SY22].
EASIE was a multicenter, international, randomized, open-label, six-month study that compared once-daily insulin glargine with sitagliptin (100 mg) once daily, as add-on therapy to metformin, in insulin-naive people with early type 2 diabetes (median disease duration after diagnosis: 4.5 years). The primary endpoint was to demonstrate superiority of insulin glargine (n = 227 at study end) over sitagliptin (n = 253 at study end) in change in HbA1c from baseline to study end. Baseline characteristics were similar for both groups.
About Lantus (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)
Prescription Lantus is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and children (6 years and older) with type 1 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. It should be taken once a day at the same time each day to lower blood glucose.
Do not use Lantus to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.
Important Safety Information for Lantus
Do not take Lantus if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus.
You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus. Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.
Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Lantus must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others.
The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life threatening. It may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life threatening.
Tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements you are taking because they can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have liver or kidney problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.
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Diabetes is a long-term disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin (the hormone that regulates blood glucose concentrations), or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces, or both. This results in raised blood glucose concentrations (hyperglycemia). Over time, uncontrolled hyperglycemia leads to the macrovascular and microvascular complications of diabetes.(1) Macrovascular complications, which affect the large blood vessels, include heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Microvascular complications affect the small blood vessels of the eyes (retinopathy), kidney (nephropathy) and nerves (neuropathy). The incidence of type 2 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate, with over 310 million people worldwide living with the condition today.(2)
About Sanofi Diabetes
Sanofi strives to help people manage the complex challenge of diabetes by delivering innovative, integrated and personalized solutions. Driven by valuable insights that come from listening to and engaging with people living with diabetes, the Company is forming partnerships to offer diagnostics, therapies, services and devices, including innovative blood glucose monitoring systems. Sanofi markets both injectable and oral medications for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Investigational compounds in the pipeline include an injectable GLP-1 agonist being studied as a single agent, in combination with basal insulin, and/or in combination with oral antidiabetic agents.
Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).
1. World Health Organisation diabetes fact sheet, August 2011
2. UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) Group, Intensive blood-glucose control with sulphonylureas or insulin compared with conventional treatment and risk of complications in patients with type 2 diabetes (UKPDS 33), Lancet 1998;352(9131):837-853
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