Novo Nordisk's long-lasting insulin drug Levemir turned in mixed results in a Phase III trial. Bad news first: Patients taking the drug were less likely to achieve blood sugar control than those taking shorter-acting forms of insulin. But on the flip side, Levemir was less likely to cause weight gain or hypoglycemia. The drug is under investigation for both type 1 and 2 diabetes. The findings were based on results from the first year of a three-year, 5,000 patient study.
"The fact that Levemir provides better glycaemic control, less nocturnal hypoglycaemia and less weight gain relative to NPH insulin over a period of two years is a clinical confirmation of the superior action profile of Levemir," commented Professor Luigi Meneghini, associate director at the Diabetes Research Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.Â
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