Data from Pharmawand - Curated by Marshall Pearce - Date added 06 December 2017

Once-daily Xultophy (insulin degludec/liraglutide) was a better option to manage diabetes compared to multiple daily injections of insulin (basal-bolus regimen). This was reported by people with type 2 diabetes whose blood sugar was not controlled on insulin glargine U100 with metformin, and who completed quality-of-life questionnaires as part of the DUAL VII clinical trial. In addition, more people preferred to stay on Xultophy compared with basal-bolus therapy (84.5% versus 68.1%). These results were presented at the 2017 International Diabetes Federation Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

In the patient-reported outcomes (PRO) analysis from the DUAL VII clinical trial, 506 adults living with type 2 diabetes assessed their physical health, mental health and a number of diabetes-specific factors. These scores were measured using the validated Treatment-Related Impact Measure-Diabetes (TRIM-D) questionnaire and the Short Form Health Survey 36 v2 (SF-36). The participants in the study treated with Xultophy reported better experiences for all diabetes-specific factors compared to the ones in the basal-bolus treatment regimen, with the highest improvement in TRIM-D scores given for diabetes management (16.7 versus 6.8), treatment burden (12.4 versus 4.3) and compliance (9.1 versus 3.9). The analysis of the SF-36 questionnaire results found that Xultophy was associated with a statistically significant higher score compared to basal-bolus insulin regimen for the mental health component of the questionnaire; all other comparisons were non-significant.

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