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- Discuss the data supporting the approval of the two higher strengths of dulaglutide (Trulicity) for treatment of type 2 diabetes.
The FDA has approved two additional doses (3 mg and 4.5 mg) of the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist dulaglutide (Trulicity – Lilly) for treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults. Dulaglutide has been available in 0.75- and 1.5-mg doses for years.1
CLINICAL STUDIES — Approval of the two new doses was based on the results of a double-blind trial (AWARD-11; summarized in the package insert) that randomized 1842 patients with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on metformin monotherapy to receive dulaglutide 1.5, 3, or 4.5 mg SC once weekly. Reductions from baseline in A1C and weight at 36 weeks were statistically significantly greater with dulaglutide 4.5 mg (but not with 3 mg) than with the 1.5-mg dose.
DOSAGE AND COST — Dulaglutide is available in 0.75-, 1.5-, 3-, and 4.5-mg single-dose pens. The recommended starting dosage in the US is 0.75 mg SC once weekly. The weekly dose can be increased by 1.5 mg every 4 weeks as needed to a maximum of 4.5 mg. The 3- and 4.5-mg single-dose pens cost the same as the 0.75- and 1.5-mg pens. The cost of 4 weeks’ treatment with dulaglutide is about $800.2
- Drugs for type 2 diabetes. Med Lett Drugs Ther 2019; 61:169.
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