FDA to Investigate Diabetes Drug Saxagliptin
Marketed as Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR, drug appears to have no effect on heart attack or stroke risk
"Patients who received saxagliptin also had better control of blood sugar levels and a reduced need for insulin therapy," he noted. Raz added that the diabetes drug also prevented the progression of microalbuminuria, a condition that occurs when a type of protein called albumin is spilling into the urine due to kidney damage.
Still, the final chapter on saxagliptin may have to wait until the FDA issues its findings on the detailed trial data.
Meanwhile, one expert said it's not easy for the millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes to know which drug is best for them.
Dr. Tara Narula, associate director of the cardiac care unit at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said at the time of the study's publication that "there currently exists a tremendous amount of confusion regarding which diabetes drugs are safe to use in patients at risk for or with established cardiovascular disease."