Jan 25 U.S. health regulators approved Takeda
Pharmaceutical Co's alogliptin to treat type 2
diabetes as a standalone drug and in two other formulations in
combination pills with older diabetes medicines.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the three
approvals simultaneously on Friday.
Alogliptin by itself will be sold under the brand name
Nesina, the agency said. The drug in combination with metformin
- one of the most common initial treatments for the disease -
will be sold as Kazano, and alogliptin along with pioglitazone -
the chemical name for Takeda's Actos - will be sold as Oseni,
the FDA said.
Type 2 diabetes is a growing health crisis that can lead to
numerous serious complications, such as heart disease,
circulatory problems and amputations, and blindness. It affects
about 24 million Americans and accounts for more than 90 percent
of diabetes cases diagnosed in the United States, the FDA said.