Once-daily Tresiba®

Powerful A1C and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) reductions in a 26-week study in insulin-naïve adults with type 2 diabetes1



A1C reductions observed in BEGIN: Low Volume1


Tresiba®: A1C reduction chart in Type 2 Diabetes patients

Tresiba®: A1C reduction chart in Type 2 Diabetes patients
  • In this treat-to-target trial, Tresiba® and insulin glargine U-100 produced similar A1C reductions (–1.18% vs –1.22%, respectively)
    • Baseline: Tresiba®, 8.3%; insulin glargine U-100, 8.2% 
    • End of trial: Tresiba®, 7.0%; insulin glargine U-100, 6.9%
  • At week 26, the difference in A1C reduction from baseline between Tresiba® and insulin glargine U-100 was 0.04% (95% CI, –0.11% to 0.19%) and met the prespecified noninferiority margin (0.4%)



FPG reductions observed in BEGIN: Low Volume1


Tresiba®: FPG reduction chart in Type 2 Diabetes patients

Tresiba®: FPG reduction chart in Type 2 Diabetes patients
  • Tresiba® and insulin glargine U-100 produced similar FPG results in this trial: Tresiba®, –71.1 mg/dL; insulin glargine U-100, –63.5 mg/dL
    • Baseline: Tresiba®, 172 mg/dL; insulin glargine U-100, 174 mg/dL
    • End of trial: Tresiba®, 106 mg/dL; insulin glargine U-100, 113 mg/dL



Tresiba® safety results: type 2 diabetes1


  • In the BEGIN: Low Volume trial, the percent of patients who experienced at least 1 episode of hypoglycemia was 0% for severe hypoglycemiab and 28.5% for Novo Nordisk–defined hypoglycemiac
  • Incidence rates of hypoglycemia in all type 2 diabetes trials with Tresiba® + oral antidiabetic drugs or a basal-bolus regimen ranged from 0% to 4.5% for severe hypoglycemiab and 28.5% to 80.9% for Novo Nordisk–defined hypoglycemiac

bSevere hypoglycemia: an event requiring assistance of another person to actively administer carbohydrate, glucagon, or other resuscitative actions.

cNovo Nordisk–defined hypoglycemia: a severe hypoglycemia event or an event where laboratory or self-measured glucose calibrated to plasma was <56 mg/dL or where whole blood glucose was <50 mg/dL (ie, with or without the presence of hypoglycemic symptoms).


BEGIN: Low Volume1,2

Population: Insulin-naïve adults with type 2 diabetes.

Study design: 26-week, randomized, open-label, multicenter trial comparing the efficacy and safety of once-daily Tresiba® U-200 (n=228) and once-daily insulin glargine U-100 (n=229), both with metformin with or without a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor.

Primary endpoint: Change in A1C from baseline after 26 weeks of treatment.

Mean end-of-trial dose: Tresiba®, 59 units; insulin glargine U-100, 62 units.



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Give patients a glucose-lowering effect of at least 42 hours1,d
Tresiba® U-200 FlexTouch® can dose up to 160 units in 1 injection1

Adult patients who miss a dose of Tresiba® should inject their daily dose during waking hours upon discovering the missed dose, then continue with their regular dosing schedule. Ensure that at least 8 hours have elapsed between Tresiba® injections.1    

dAfter the last of 8 once-daily injections (0.4 units/kg).

Selected Important Safety Information

Contraindications

  • Tresiba® is contraindicated during episodes of hypoglycemia and in patients with hypersensitivity to Tresiba® or one of its excipients

Warnings and Precautions

  • Never Share a Tresiba® FlexTouch® Pen Between Patients, even if the needle is changed. Sharing poses a risk for transmission of blood-borne pathogens
  • Monitor blood glucose in all patients treated with insulin. Changes in insulin may affect glycemic control. These changes should be made cautiously and under medical supervision. Adjustments in concomitant oral anti-diabetic treatment may be needed
  • Hypoglycemia is the most common adverse reaction of insulin, including Tresiba®, and may be life-threatening

Indications and Usage

Tresiba® (insulin degludec injection) is indicated to improve glycemic control in patients 1 year of age and older with diabetes mellitus.

Limitations of Use

Tresiba® is not recommended for treating diabetic ketoacidosis or for pediatric patients requiring less than 5 units of Tresiba®.

Important Safety Information

Contraindications

  • Tresiba® is contraindicated during episodes of hypoglycemia and in patients with hypersensitivity to Tresiba® or one of its excipients

Warnings and Precautions

  • Never Share a Tresiba® FlexTouch® Pen Between Patients, even if the needle is changed. Sharing poses a risk for transmission of blood-borne pathogens
  • Monitor blood glucose in all patients treated with insulin. Changes in insulin may affect glycemic control. These changes should be made cautiously and under medical supervision. Adjustments in concomitant oral anti-diabetic treatment may be needed
  • Hypoglycemia is the most common adverse reaction of insulin, including Tresiba®, and may be life-threatening. Increase monitoring with changes to: insulin dose, co-administered glucose lowering medications, meal pattern, physical activity; and in patients with hypoglycemia unawareness or renal or hepatic impairment
  • Accidental mix-ups between basal insulin products and other insulins, particularly rapid-acting insulins, have been reported. To avoid medication errors, always instruct patients to check the insulin label before each injection
  • Severe, life-threatening, generalized allergy, including anaphylaxis, can occur with insulin products, including Tresiba®
  • As with all insulins, Tresiba® use can lead to life-threatening hypokalemia, which then may cause respiratory paralysis, ventricular arrhythmia, and death. Closely monitor potassium levels in patients at risk of hypokalemia and treat if indicated
  • Fluid retention and heart failure can occur with concomitant use of thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which are PPAR-gamma agonists, and insulin, including Tresiba®. Patients should be observed for signs and symptoms of heart failure. If heart failure occurs, dosage reduction or discontinuation of the TZD must be considered

Adverse Reactions

  • Adverse reactions commonly associated with Tresiba® are hypoglycemia, allergic reactions, injection site reactions, lipodystrophy, pruritus, rash, edema, and weight gain

Drug Interactions

  • Certain drugs may affect glucose metabolism, requiring insulin dose adjustment and close monitoring of blood glucose. The signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia may be reduced or absent in patients taking anti-adrenergic drugs (e.g., beta-blockers, clonidine, guanethidine, and reserpine)

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References:

  1. Tresiba [package insert]. Plainsboro, NJ: Novo Nordisk Inc; December 2016.
  2. Gough SCL, Bhargava A, Jain R, Mersebach H, Rasmussen S, Bergenstal RM. Diabetes Care. 2013;36(9):2536-2542.