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G-BA blockade on new diabetes drugs leaving Germans with few treatment options
Disarmamentarium in Germany
Monday, March 18, 2013
The lack of a clear scientific
rationale combined with apparently contradictory reasoning underlying the
benefit assessments of two diabetes drugs in Germany could leave patients with
few choices: make do with metformin or sulfonylureas, go on insulin, or cross
the border to buy newer drugs out of pocket.
On Feb. 21, the German
Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) released a final assessment of Trajenta
linagliptin that waved aside clear benefits on weight and hypoglycemia - and
signals of cardiovascular benefit - to conclude the dipeptidyl peptidase-4
(DPP-4) inhibitor was no better than sulfonylureas.
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