The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Viatris and Biocon Biologics’ Semglee (insulin glargine-yfgn injection) as the first interchangeable biosimilar product, which is indicated to control high blood sugar in adults with Type 2 diabetes as well as adults and pediatric patients with Type 1 diabetes.

The United States Food and Drug Administration approved Bayer’s Kerendia (finerenone), a first-in-class nonsteroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist indicated to reduce the risk of sustained eGFR decline, kidney failure, cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and hospitalization for heart failure in adult patients with chronic kidney disease associated with type 2 diabetes.

Eli Lilly’s investigational diabetes drug tirzepatide is showing significant promise in targeting A1C levels and weight loss in patients with type 2 diabetes, including those who had never been previously treated for the disease. In other positive clinical results presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 81st Scientific Sessions meeting, Novo Nordisk data demonstrated an investigational 2mg dose of injectable Ozempic (semaglutide) generated statistically significant and superior reductions in A1C compared to a 1mg dose of Ozempic.

AstraZeneca Plc’s diabetes drug significantly reduced blood sugar levels in adolescents aged 10–17 with type 2 diabetes in a late-stage study, the UK-based drugmaker said.

Newly announced topline results from Eli Lilly’s SURPASS-4 trial program show the company’s investigational diabetes agent, tirzepatide, significantly reduced blood glucose levels and body weight better than insulin glargine in adult patients with type 2 diabetes. 

Metabolic comorbidities, including obesity and type 2 diabetes increase the risk of morbidity and mortality in patients who contract coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). But findings published in the journal Nature show that not only are patients with diabetes more at risk of more severe outcomes, patients without diabetes who develop Covid-19 may also be at a higher risk of actually developing diabetes following recovery. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration greenlit AstraZeneca’s Farxiga (dapagliflozin) under priority review for the treatment of chronic kidney disease in patients at risk of progression with or without type 2 diabetes.

The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is effective at preventing symptomatic and severe disease in people with some chronic illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease, the biggest real-world study showed on April 22.

Eli Lilly’s Phase III SURPASS-2 clinical trial shows that treatment with tirzepatide, a once-weekly dual glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, is associated with superior reductions in body weight and blood sugar compared with injectable semaglutide in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Novo Nordisk is positioning the company’s type 2 diabetes treatment Ozempic (semaglutide) as an anti-obesity treatment, as data published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows the once-weekly dose of the glucagon-like peptide-1 analog significantly reduced weight in patients over the course of 68 weeks.