WHO released recommendations regarding which medicines should be used for treatment intensification in adult patients with type 2 diabetes as well as the use of analogue or human insulin in type 1 and 2 diabetes.
‚ÄúThe guidelines had two objectives. The first was to consider the use of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors, sodium‚Äďglucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors, thiazolidinediones, and insulin as second- and third-line treatment for control of hyperglycemia in nonpregnant adults with type 2 diabetes after failure of metformin and sulfonylureas. Glucagonlike peptide-1 analogues were not considered because they are infrequently available in low-income countries,‚ÄĚ Gojka Roglic, MD, MSc, and Susan L. Norris, MD, MPH, of WHO wrote.
‚ÄúThe second objective was to provide guidance on use of insulin analogues for type 1 and 2 diabetes. Only insulin analogues for which trial comparisons with human insulin were available were considered,‚ÄĚ they continued.
The recommendations, which appeared in Annals of Internal Medicine, state:
Linda L. Humphrey, MD, MPH
of the High Value Care Committee of the ACP and colleagues pointed out the major differences between the ACP and WHO guidelines in a related editorial.
‚ÄúFor its guideline, the WHO group ranked glycemic control, an intermediate outcome as opposed to a health outcome, as critical, whereas the ACP guideline committee gave greater weight to quality-of-life issues (such as the burdens of monitoring and injections and the risk for hypoglycemia) in deciding to offer clinicians and patients a choice of several agents for second-line therapy,‚ÄĚ they wrote.
‚ÄúThe ACP acknowledged cost in its guidelines as well, but thought that in the United States ‚ÄĒ where pricing, access, and insurance coverage vary ‚ÄĒ cost might play a greater or lesser role relative to the risk for hypoglycemia for many patients,‚ÄĚ Humphrey and colleagues added, also noting that evidence is lacking to support targeting normal fasting blood glucose levels among persons with type 2 diabetes. ‚Äď by Janel Miller
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