Compare Januvia and
Galvus Diabetes Drugs - Both Lower Blood Sugar with Fewer Side Effects
than Glipzide Glucotrol - Weight Loss Too
June 13th 2006
Two pills from competing pharmaceuticals have shown promise in trials as
an effective treatment for type-2 diabetes, but without the side
effects. Other drugs on the market can cause low blood sugar and weight
gain side-effects, so these new drugs may be better.
It is hoped the drugs will reach the US market in less than a year.
Forbes has reported that the combined sales could reach $5 billion by
2010. The drugs, Januvia and Galvus (made by Merck and Novartis
respectively), spare the side effects while preserving the beta cells in
the pancreas. These cells produce insulin which helps reduce glucose in
the blood. They usually die off in diabetes patients.
There are 21 million Americans with diabetes. The disease puts them at
a higher risk for heart attacks, kidney disease and blindness. Type-2
diabetes is the most common form and usually comes with age. A poor
diet and lack of exercise usually leads to type-2 diabetes.