Popular Diabetes Drugs: Trends
If youve had Type 2 diabetes for a number of years, theres a good chance youre taking at least one drug to help control your blood glucose levels and possibly two or more drugs, including insulin . Any changes made to your prescriptions will most likely have been based on problems youve had with previous therapies, including less than adequate blood glucose control.
While changes to your medical needs are a key factor in what your doctor prescribes, its also true that outside factors play a role after all, new diabetes drugs are constantly being introduced, and certain older (and newer) drugs may fall out of favor. So how have diabetes drug prescriptions changed over the years, and what might explain these changes?
A study published in November 2017 in the journal Diabetes Care sheds some light on prescribing practices over the last few years. Using electronic medical records, researchers looked at the drugs prescribed to over 1 million people, ages 18 to 80, with Type 2 diabetes between 2005 and 2016. They identified drugs used as first-line treatments, as well as those added later if needed to help boost blood glucose control.
As noted in an article on the study at Healio, the most popular first-line drug in both 2005 and 2016 was metformin . But over that period, it grew even more popular from a share of 60% of study participants to 77%. At the same time, use of sulfonylureas as a first-line treatment dropped from 20% to 8%, and the rate for thiazolidinediones dropped from 11% to 0.7%. The use of insulin as a first-line treatment stayed similar, rising slightly f Continue reading