EU body backs Novartis' Galvus, Eucreas for diabetes indications

ZURICH Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:28am EDT

A general view shows Swiss drugmaker Novartis headquarters in Basel September 1, 2011. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

A general view shows Swiss drugmaker Novartis headquarters in Basel September 1, 2011.

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ZURICH (Reuters) - European regulators on Friday issued positive opinions for new indications of Novartis AG drugs Galvus and Eucreas in combination with other treatments for type 2 diabetes patients.

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) issued a positive opinion for Galvus in combination with insulin, with or without metformin, for patients with type 2 diabetes when diet, exercise and a stable dose of insulin do not result in glycemic control.

The second positive opinion was for Eucreas in triple combination with metformin and sulphonylurea also for the treatment of type 2 diabetes when diet and exercise plus dual therapy with these two agents do not provide adequate glycemic control.

Galvus is already approved in more than 100 countries and Eucreas in over 80 countries.

(Reporting by Andrew Thompson)

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