Basaglar Now Available
December 15, 2016 - Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim’s Basaglar® (insulin glargine), the first follow-on to Sanofi’s Lantus® (insulin glargine) was launched in the U.S. It is a long-acting insulin indicated to improve glycemic control for adult and pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes, and for adults with type 2 diabetes. It is supplied in cartons of five KwikPen® devices that each contain 3mL of U-100 (100 units per mL) of Basaglar. Recommended dosing is individualized according to the patient’s blood glucose levels. Basaglar is given as one subcutaneous injection daily at about the same time of day.
Basaglar is not a biosimilar or generic to Lantus. It is a brand product and will compete with the other brand long-acting insulins for market share. These products include Lantus, Levemir® (insulin detemir – Novo Nordisk), Tresiba® (insulin degludec – Novo Nordisk) and Toujeo® (insulin glargine – Sanofi). Merck/Samsung Bioepis has a follow-on insulin glargine (MK-1293) currently under FDA review for which approval is anticipated during the 2nd Quarter of 2017. Additional competition within the long-acting insulin market should help alleviate some of the price increases common to this category.
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- Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
- Regular Mail or Fax: Download form www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
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