Category Archives: Bydureon

Once-Weekly Tanzeum for Type 2s Now Available

Tanzeum (albiglutide), a once-weekly injectable drug for type 2s from GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), USA is now available at pharmacies throughout the United States. The FDA approved U.S. sales on April 15. The drug is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1) that can be used in conjunction with other type 2 drugs. GLP-1s work by inducing the … Continue reading Once-Weekly Tanzeum for Type 2s Now Available

FDA Backtracks Over GLP-1s’ Effects on Pancreas

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that its review of various animal and human studies does not show a link between GLP-1 drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes and pancreatic maladies, including acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. GLP-1 drugs, which work by stimulating the body to produce insulin, include Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Byetta and … Continue reading FDA Backtracks Over GLP-1s’ Effects on Pancreas

Weekly Type 2 Drug to Be Delivered Via Needle Patch

A recent agreement between Zosano Pharma, Inc. and Novo Nordisk could lead to the introduction of a once-weekly drug for type 2s that is administered via a micro-needle patch system. The drug, now under development by Novo Nordisk, is semaglutide, a GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide) receptor agonist that the company is hoping to introduce as a … Continue reading Weekly Type 2 Drug to Be Delivered Via Needle Patch

Am I Doing the Right Thing?

Readers occasionally ask us for advice about drugs they are taking. When they do, we refer their questions to a medical professional. In the question below, a Florida reader expresses concerns about the interaction of her diabetes drug with the medicines she takes for asthma. Dear Diabetes Health: I am asthmatic and was diagnosed with … Continue reading Am I Doing the Right Thing?

FDA Gives Long-Awaited Nod to Amylin’s Bydureon

After several years of delays and setbacks, Amylin Pharmaceuticals has received FDA approval to begin US marketing of BydureonTM. The first once-a-week type 2 therapy to be offered in the US market, Bydureon is expected to be available by February. Amylin says that its wholesale price will be about $4,200 a year. The drug is … Continue reading FDA Gives Long-Awaited Nod to Amylin’s Bydureon