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Another Insulin Glargine (Basaglar) for Diabetes
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Revised 1/20/17: In the Dosage and Administration paragraph, we removed the word "syringe" in describing Basaglar's KwikPen device. Basaglar is not available as a prefilled syringe; it is only available as a KwikPen.

The FDA has approved Basaglar (Lilly/Boehringer Ingelheim), a "follow-on" 100 units/mL insulin glargine product similar to Lantus (Sanofi), which recently went off patent. A 300 units/mL formulation of insulin glargine (Toujeo) was approved in 2015.1

INSULIN GLARGINE — A recombinant DNA analog of human insulin, insulin glargine forms microprecipitates in subcutaneous tissue, prolonging its duration of action to a mean of about 24 hours.2 It has less peak-to-trough variation and causes less nocturnal hypoglycemia than NPH insulin.

CLINICAL STUDIES — Approval of Basaglar was based on data demonstrating the clinical efficacy and safety of Lantus.3 Comparative studies have found no significant differences in the pharmacokinetics, toxicity, ... more      

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