Update: vildagliptin for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes

Alan J Garber, Morali D Sharma
Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs 2008, 17 (1): 105-13
Vildagliptin is a selective inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase-4, and prevents the rapid degradation of the incretin hormones glucagon-like peptide-1 and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide. Vildagliptin has been evaluated in > 4800 patients in nine Phase III studies in the range of 24 - 52 weeks in duration: four placebo- or active-controlled monotherapy trials that enrolled drug-naive patients; four add-on studies in which vildagliptin was added to a stable regimen of either metformin, a sulfonylurea, a thiazolidinedione or insulin; and a study in which an initial combination of vildagliptin plus pioglitazone in drug-naive patients was evaluated. Across studies, vildagliptin was effective in reducing HbA(1c), had a low risk of hypoglycemia and was weight-neutral and well tolerated.

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