LISBON, Portugal, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMLN ), Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) and Alkermes, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALKS ) today announced new analyses from the DURATION-3 and -4 trials demonstrating patients treated with the investigational medication BYDUREON™ (exenatide extended-release for injectable suspension) experienced significant improvements in select cardiovascular risk factors, in comparison to patients who received commonly prescribed diabetes treatments. The analyses showed that patients receiving BYDUREON for the treatment of type 2 diabetes experienced improvements in composite endpoints related to body weight, abnormal blood pressure and abnormal lipid levels. These findings will be presented at the 47th European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
"Patients with diabetes are at least twice as likely as people without the disease to have heart disease or a stroke. Having other chronic conditions including obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol further increases this risk," said James Malone, MD, global exenatide medical director, Lilly Diabetes. "These data underscore the need to consider not only glycemic control but also the important role played by other medical conditions that are common among patients with type 2 diabetes."
Study Results: Patients participating in the DURATION-3 study received BYDUREON or Lantus® (insulin glargine) in addition to metformin or metformin plus a sulfonylurea. Interim results from the study's ongoing extension found that patients receiving BYDUREON and completing 84 weeks of therapy:Demonstrated statistically significant reduction in body weight (