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News From the Food and Drug Administration
November 3, 2015

Expanding the Diabetes Arsenal

JAMA. 2015;314(17):1789. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.13699

Two new drugs used to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have received FDA approval (http://1.usa.gov/1Fmn83O).

Insulin degludec, marketed as Tresiba, is indicated for use alone, with oral diabetes medications, or with bolus insulin. Manufacturer Novo Nordisk of Plainsboro, New Jersey, said in a statement that the drug is the first new basal insulin molecule the FDA has approved in 10 years (http://bit.ly/1VftclJ). Given once daily by injection, insulin degludec’s duration of action is at least 42 hours—much longer than other types of insulin—and it can be taken at any time of day.

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