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Revitalization of pioglitazone: the optimum agent to be combined with a sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitor

R A DeFronzo, R Chilton, L Norton, G Clarke, R E J Ryder, M Abdul-Ghani
Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism 2016, 18 (5): 454-62
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The recently completed EMPA-REG study showed that empagliflozin significantly decreased the major adverse cardiac events (MACE) endpoint, which comprised cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, in patients with high-risk type 2 diabetes (T2DM), primarily through a reduction in cardiovascular death, without a significant decrease in either MI or stroke. In the PROactive study, pioglitazone decreased the MACE endpoint by a similar degree to that observed in the EMPA-REG study, through a marked reduction in both recurrent MI and stroke and a modest reduction in cardiovascular death. These observations suggest that pioglitazone might be an ideal agent to combine with empagliflozin to further reduce cardiovascular events in patients with high-risk diabetes as empagliflozin also promotes salt/water loss and would be expected to offset any fluid retention associated with pioglitazone therapy. In the present paper, we provide an overview of the potential benefits of combined pioglitazone/empagliflozin therapy to prevent cardiovascular events in patients with T2DM.

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