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Sanofi’s Once Daily GLP-1 Lyxumia ® Meets Primary Endpoint in Phase 3 Study

Lyxumia (lixisenatide) when used as an add-on therapy to basal insulin (in association with or without metformin), achieved its primary efficacy endpoint of significantly reducing HbA1c versus placebo for patients with type 2 diabetes without significantly increasing their risk of hypoglycemia.

Sanofi announced that its GetGoal-L is one of nine studies in the GetGoal phase III clinical program, and the second trial to investigate the benefits of lixisenatide 20µg once-daily combined with basal insulin. It was a randomized (double-blind), placebo-controlled study with a 24-week main treatment period, and a total of 495 patients received either lixisenatide or placebo.

GetGoal-L showed a significant reduction in HbA1c levels (p=0.0002) with lixisenatide, without a significant increase in the incidence of symptomatic hypoglycemia (p=0.14) versus placebo. In addition, patients treated with lixisenatide had significantly improved postprandial plasma glucose after a test meal (p<0.0001). Patients in the lixisenatide arm of the study also reported a significant reduction in body weight (p<0.0001). These results confirm those previously reported on GetGoal-L Asia, this time in a broader population including both Caucasian and Asian patients. As expected with a GLP-1, the most commonly reported adverse event with lixisenatide was nausea with a low rate of discontinuation.

“These positive efficacy and safety results are another important milestone in the GetGoal clinical trial program and show the potential value of adding Lyxumia (lixisenatide) to basal insulin to improve glycemic control,” said Pierre Chancel, senior vice president, Global Diabetes Division at Sanofi. “The findings from this and previous studies reinforce a continuing positive trend demonstrating the potential of lixisenatide to improve the lives of people with type 2 diabetes.”

The full study results from GetGoal-L are planned to be presented at a medical congress.

Lixisenatide, a Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 agonist (GLP-1), is in development for the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Lixisenatide was in-licensed from Zealand Pharma A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark).

The GetGoal phase III clinical program will provide data for the efficacy and safety of lixisenatide in adults with type 2 diabetes treated with various oral anti-diabetic agents or insulin. With nine trials in the program, GetGoal started in May 2008 and has enrolled more than 4300 patients. To date GetGoal-X, GetGoal-Mono, GetGoal-L Asia and GetGoal-S have reported positive top-line results supporting efficacy and safety for lixisenatide. Further results are expected during 2011.

Sanofi News Release June, 2011