Bagsværd, Denmark, 17 December 2015 - Novo Nordisk today announced the headline results from the fourth phase 3a trial for semaglutide, SUSTAIN2. Semaglutide is a new GLP-1 analogue administered subcutaneously once weekly. The double-blinded trial investigated the efficacy and safety of 0.5 mg and 1.0 mg semaglutide compared with 100 mg sitagliptin, a once-daily DPP-IV inhibitor, after 56 weeks of treatment in 1,231 people with type 2 diabetes, where both drugs were added on to metformin, thiazolidinedione (TZD) or a combination of metformin/TZD.
The trial successfully achieved its objective by demonstrating that from a mean baseline HbA1c of 8.1%, people treated with 0.5 mg or 1.0 mg semaglutide achieved a statistically significant and superior improvement in HbA1c of 1.3% and 1.6% respectively, compared to an improvement in HbA1c of 0.5% with 100 mg sitagliptin.
69% of the people treated with 0.5 mg semaglutide and 78% of the people treated with 1.0 mg semaglutide achieved the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) treatment target of HbA1c below 7% compared with 36% of the people treated with 100 mg sitagliptin.
Furthermore, from a mean baseline body weight of 89 kg, people treated with 0.5 mg and 1.0 mg semaglutide experienced a statistically significant and superior weight loss of 4.3 kg and 6.1 kg respectively, compared with a weight loss of 1.9 kg for people treated with 100 mg sitagliptin.
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