Source: Novo Nordisk & reported by http://www.prnewswire.com/
MUNICH, September 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Novo Nordisk today announced that semaglutide, an investigational glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue administered once-weekly, significantly reduced the risk of the primary composite endpoint of time to first occurrence of either cardiovascular (CV) death, non-fatal myocardial infarction (heart attack) or non-fatal stroke by 26% vs placebo, when added to standard of care in 3,297 adults with type 2 diabetes at high CV risk. These results were based on an accumulation of first major adverse CV events (MACE) in 254 people.
The main results from SUSTAIN 6 were presented today at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2016 and also published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Furthermore, there was a significant 39% decrease in non-fatal stroke and a non-significant 26% decrease in non-fatal myocardial infarction and a neutral outcome (2% decrease) in CV death after only two years of treatment.
"The reduction in cardiovascular events observed with semaglutide in SUSTAIN 6 is notable given the small study population and the short trial duration," said Dr Steven Marso, SUSTAIN 6 investigator and the lead author for the New England Journal of Medicine publication of SUSTAIN 6. "These findings are clinically relevant, as cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in people with type 2 diabetes and new treatment options that can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular events are needed."
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