In the Phase II studies of more than 1,000 patients, ''sitagliptin'', Merck Sharp & Dohme's investigational medicine from a new class of diabetes treatments called dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, improved glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes and exhibited a safety and tolerability profile similar to placebo. In addition, patients taking sitagliptin experienced no significant weight gain and a low risk of hypoglycaemia.
"Results from the studies conducted to date are very promising," said Peter Stein, Senior Director in Clinical Research, Metabolism, Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, NJ, USA. "The need for well tolerated therapies which achieve better glycaemic control than current therapies is well known and we are confident that these short-term clinical studies demonstrate proof of concept for sitagliptin, offering a new hope for type 2 diabetes patients. Ongoing Phase III trials should provide greater insight into the efficacy and tolerability profile of sitagliptin over a longer period of time".
Study 1: Effect of sitagliptin oral tablets on glycaemic control
Results from a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study in patients with type 2 diabetes showed that sitagliptin oral tablets significantly r
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