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Pramlintide (Symlin) for Diabetes
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Pramlintide acetate (Symlin – Amylin Pharmaceuticals), a synthetic analog of human amylin, has been approved by the FDA as adjunctive treatment for patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who inject insulin at mealtimes and have failed to achieve glucose control. Pramlintide is injected subcutaneously before meals.

AMYLIN – Amylin is synthesized by pancreatic beta cells and co-secreted with insulin in response to food intake.

CLINICAL STUDIES — Administration of pramlintide to insulin-treated patients before a meal decreases post-prandial plasma glucose concentrations, limiting glucose fluctuations and decreasing the amount of short-acting insulin required. Several large, randomized, double-blind clinical trials evaluating pramlintide in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes being treated with insulin have been published; the results are summarized in the table on the ... more      

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