Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

GLP-1 receptor agonist in combination with SGLT2 inhibitor better than monotherapy in diabetic patients

Safety and Efficacy of Exenatide Once Weekly Plus Dapagliflozin Once Daily Versus Exenatide or Dapagliflozin Alone in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Inadequately Controlled With Metformin Monotherapy: 52-Week Results of the DURATION-8 Randomized Controlled Trial

Literature - Jabbour SA, Frias JP, Hardy E et al. - Diabetes Care 2018; published online ahead of print

Introduction and methods

Medical guidelines recommend glucose-lowering drug combinations with different modes of action for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) [1-3]. DURATION-8, a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, phase 3 trial assessed the effects of the combination therapy of exenatide and dapagliflozin in 695 adult T2DM patients on metformin therapy (≥1,500 mg/day) with poor glycemic control, defined as glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) between 8.0–12.0% [4]. Exenatide is a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist (GLP-1RA) administered subcutaneously once weekly (2 mg), and dapagliflozin is a sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, administered in 10 mg tablets once daily. After 28 weeks of treatment, the combination therapy led to significantly greater improvements in glycemic control, weight, and systolic blood pressure (SBP) compared with exenatide or dapagliflozin alone.

In this analysis of the first 24-week extension of DURATION-8, during which patients continued to receive their randomized treatment, the durability of the efficacy and safety of exenatide plus dapagliflozin was evaluated at a total of 52 weeks of therapy.

The primary end point of the DURATION-8 study was the change in HbA1c from baseline to week 28. At week 52 all end points were exploratory, including change from baseline of HbA1c, of fasting plasma glucose (FPG), of 2-h postprandial glucose (PPG) during a standardized liquid meal test, change in six-point self-monitored blood glucose, the proportion of patients achieving glycemic targets (HbA1c <7.0% or ≤6.5%), change in from baseline for several CV risk factors including SBP and the proportion of patients with weight loss of ≥5%.

Main results


In adult T2DM patients on metformin therapy with poor glycemic control, the combination of exenatide and dapagliflozin led to significantly greater reductions in parameters of glycemic control, body weight, and SBP over 52 weeks, compared with each drug alone and this combination therapy was well tolerated.


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