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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Basal Insulins Introduced

Page changed: Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes

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 In spring of 2015, a new basal insulin, Toujeo, was introduced. It is another version of the same insulin molecule found in Lantus, sold in a more concentrated form. Two other basal insulins. Tresiba and Basaglar have not yet hit the market in the U.S. though Tresiba is available in Europe and Basaglar has been approved for sale in 2016.  You can learn more about the new basal insulins HERE. ...

The new basal insulins are being marketed with the claim that they last 24 hours and have an even flatter activity curve. However, given that all the well-known insulins can perform differently from what the marketing materials say they will, we will have to wait for a year or two until a significant number of users in the online diabetes community have reported on their results  to know know how true this is. The new basal insulins are also being marketed, where possible, with the claim that they are less likely to cause hypos. However, the FDA has refused to let Toujeo be marketed with this claim, though the European authorities allow it.

ALSO: Deleted reference to concerns about enhanced cancer risk with Lantus as subsequent research seems to suggest this is not an issue.

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