Press release – No. 08 / 2020
Zealand Pharma presents elaborated results on the use of regular human insulin delivered by V-Go® in older adults with type 2 diabetes, at the 80th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association
- In older adults with type 2 diabetes, use of human regular insulin delivered by V-Go® demonstrated similar glycemic control with no increased hypoglycemia risk compared to use of rapid acting insulin analogs
- The use of U-100 Regular Human Insulin with V-Go® Wearable Insulin Delivery device has not yet been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration or European Union
Copenhagen, June 13, 2020 – Zealand Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ZEAL) (CVR-no. 20045078), a biotechnology company changing lives with innovative peptide-based medicines, presented during the 80th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) two elaborated results from a 14-week multi-center randomized, parallel trial comparing safety and clinical outcomes between the use of human regular insulin (HRI) compared to rapid acting insulin (RAI) when delivered by V-Go in adults with type 2 diabetes. For more information, visit https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01326598. The scientific sessions were held as a virtual meeting June 12-16, 2020.
Dr. Pablo F Mora, Endocrinologist, Dallas Diabetes Research Center, Dallas, Texas presented a poster entitled Comparison of Hypoglycemia Safety between U-100 Human Regular Insulin and Rapid Acting Insulin Delivered by V-Go Wearable Insulin Delivery in Type 2 Diabetes (Abstract number: 1005-P). This analysis comprised an extensive review of the hypoglycemia safety data from the full study population (N=136) and suggests that in a Type 2 Diabetes population, the risk of hypoglycemia is not increased when using HRI compared to RAI in V-Go.
In a second poster presentation based on the same 14-week study, Dr. David R Sutton, Endocrinologist, Northeast Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Associates, Jacksonville, Florida, presented the Efficacy and Safety Comparison between U-100 Human Regular Insulin and Rapid Acting Insulin when Delivered by V-Go Wearable Insulin Delivery in an Older Type 2 Diabetes Population, (Abstract number: 987-P). This post-hoc exploratory analysis in fifty-three subjects evaluated the clinical and safety outcomes between the use of HRI and RAI delivered by V-Go in an adult population 65 years of age or older. Findings suggest non-inferiority for change in overall blood sugar (A1C) and similar hypoglycemia event rates between the groups when switching from RAI to HRI.
“Addressing the patient’s ability to afford insulin therapy is important to the management of diabetes,” commented Adam Steensberg, Executive Vice President of Research and Development, and Chief Medical Officer at Zealand Pharma. “We are pleased with the results of this study evaluating use of a more affordable human regular insulin with V-Go wearable insulin delivery device in older adults with type 2 diabetes, and hope to make this treatment solution available to benefit patients as soon as possible.”
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About the Study
This study was managed and executed by East Coast Institute for Research (ECIR) with enrollment conducted across three study sites in the United States, Northeast Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Associates in Jacksonville, Florida, by Principal Investigator David Sutton, MD, FACE, The Jones Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Wellness in Macon, Georgia by Principal Investigator Ashwini Gore, MD, and in Columbus, Georgia by Bantwal Baliga, MD.
V-Go® Wearable Insulin Delivery Device
V-Go® has been cleared for use in adult patients requiring insulin by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States and has received CE Mark approval. The use of U-100 Regular Human Insulin with V-Go® Wearable Insulin Delivery device has not been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration or European Union. A U-100 fast acting insulin should be used with V-Go®. Insulin lispro, rDNA origin and insulin aspart, rDNA origin have been tested by the manufacturer and found to be safe for use in the V-Go® Wearable Insulin Delivery Device. V-Go was acquired by Zealand Pharma on April 2, 2020, and is now manufactured and commercialized as part of Zealand’s portfolio of life changing therapeutics. Learn more at www.go-vgo.com.
About Zealand Pharma
Zealand Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ZEAL) (“Zealand”) is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of next generation peptide-based medicines that change the lives of people living with metabolic and gastrointestinal diseases. More than 10 drug candidates invented by Zealand have advanced into clinical development, of which two have reached the market. Zealand’s robust pipeline of investigational medicines includes three candidates in late stage development, and one candidate being reviewed for regulatory approval in the United States. Zealand markets V-Go®, an all-in-one basal-bolus insulin delivery option for people with diabetes. License collaborations with Boehringer Ingelheim and Alexion Pharmaceuticals create opportunity for more patients to potentially benefit from Zealand-invented peptide therapeutics.
Zealand was founded in 1998 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has presence throughout the U.S. that includes key locations in New York, Boston, and Marlborough (MA). For more information about Zealand’s business and activities, please visit www.zealandpharma.com.
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