Victoza for People with Type 1 Diabetes? (Continued)
dLife Editor's note —
diaTribe Editor Kelly Close's column received a great response from her readers and she reprinted the column in November 2010 with the following additional information:
Someone asked me how I use Symlin in my diabetes regimen that includes a daily shot of Victoza. While initially I stopped using Symlin for a little while, I'm now using it again, with insulin and Victoza — not before every meal, but definitely before all my high-carb meals. My sense is that as a patient with diabetes, I am probably missing multiple important hormones. Symlin works very well for me in lowering my post-meal blood glucose levels and when I'm eating pizza or a sandwich or fettucini, I still take Symlin to reduce these numbers — and it does. I am eager to eventually try an insulin/Symlin combo, since I have heard from so many people that Symlin works best in a pump — here's hoping that will be developed soon. (I tried Symlin in an extra pump myself and loved it and only quit because my insurance didn't reimburse the extra pods — I'd rather wear one pump and have the combined insulin/Symlin to take, if this could be created in a formulation that worked for many people.)
Novo Nordisk then issued their own response:
We read the diaTribe article describing your recent experience using Victoza as an adjunct to insulin to treat your type 1 diabetes. We are happy to hear that Victoza has lowered your mean glucose levels and also has resulted in a decrease in the frequency of both high and low glucose levels.
Our development program established a strong foundation for the use of Victoza as monotherapy or in combination with one or two oral agents in type 2 diabetes. As you pointed out, Victoza has not yet been studied in or approved for the treatment of type 1 diabetes, and it is not a substitute for insulin. However, your personal experience provides one of many reasons why Novo Nordisk is currently considering exploring the use of Victoza for type 1 diabetes in well-designed, controlled, randomized clinical trials. While we can not guarantee the time course or the outcome, we are carefully evaluating the possibilities for launching such a program.
Thank you for making us aware of your experience and for sharing so many insights about living with diabetes.
Alan C. Moses, MD, FACP
Global Chief Medical Officer
Novo Nordisk A/S
Mads Krosgard Thomsen
Chief Scientific Officer
Novo Nordisk A/S
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