Sotagliflozin in Conjunction with Insulin for Type 1 Diabetes Reduces Average Blood Glucose Levels
June 24, 2018
One-year results of North American inTandem1 study show decreased HbA1c levels and lower risk of severe hypoglycemia
People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) who take 200 mg or 400 mg of sotagliflozin in addition to optimized insulin therapy have statistically lower HbA1c levels and weight, as well as low incidence of severe hypoglycemia after a year of treatment, compared to those who take a placebo with optimized insulin, according to the study, “Fifty-Two-Week Efficacy and Safety of Sotagliflozin, a Dual SGLT1 and SGLT2 Inhibitor, as Adjunct Therapy to Insulin in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (inTandem1),” presented today at the American Diabetes Association’s® (ADA’s) 78th Scientific Sessions® at the Orange County Convention Center. The study results are outlined in detail in an article published online today in Diabetes Care, the ADA’s peer-reviewed research journal dedicated to diabetes treatment and prevention.
Sotagliflozin is an investigational dual inhibitor of sodium glucose transport proteins 1 and 2 (SGLT1 and SGLT2)—two proteins responsible for glucose regulation. Inhibition of SGLT1 delays and reduces glucose absorption in the proximal intestine, improving postprandial (post meal) glycemic control. SGLT2 inhibition results in loss of glucose into the urine. Sotagliflozin is the first dual SGLT1/SGLT2 inhibitor to be extensively studied in humans.
The inTandem1 study, a double-blind, phase 3 trial conducted at 75 sites in the U.S. and Canada, compared the safety and efficacy of two different doses of oral sotagliflozin—each used in addition to optimized insulin—to optimized insulin alone. The study enrolled a total of 793 adults with T1D who used an insulin pump or were on multiple-injection therapy (meaning they used one or two injections of long-acting insulin along with injections of rapid or short-acting insulin before each meal throughout a 24-hour period). The participants had HbA1c levels between 7.0 and 11 percent prior to the study. After six weeks of insulin optimization, participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: 268 received a placebo; 263 received 200 mg of sotagliflozin; and 262 received 400 mg of sotagliflozin, each taken once daily before the first meal of the day.
In 2017, a comparison of the treatment groups after 24 weeks was reported, and the results for the primary endpoints of inTandem 1, 2 and 3 were disclosed. After 24 weeks, HbA1c levels, body weight and systolic blood pressure were significantly reduced with sotagliflozin added to optimized insulin compared to optimized insulin alone.
This latest study investigated the effects of the treatment for a total of 52 weeks and evaluated change in average blood glucose (HbA1c levels) and body weight, as well as safety. After 52 weeks, patients who received sotagliflozin in addition to optimized insulin had sustained reduction in HbA1c levels and body weight, and lower total daily insulin dose compared to optimized insulin alone.
Sotagliflozin use was also associated with fewer low blood glucose events requiring assistance (severe hypoglycemia), despite lower average blood glucose. A total of 17 participants, each from the 200 mg sotagliflozin and 400 mg groups (6.5 percent from each group), reported episodes of severe hypoglycemia compared to 26 participants (9.7 percent) from the placebo group, who reported severe hypoglycemia events.
Researchers noted that there is an increased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) through SGLT2 inhibition, and the study results showed that DKA was seen in a greater proportion of patients treated with sotagliflozin added to optimized insulin than those patients treated with optimized insulin alone. Of the participants, nine patients (3.4 percent) from the 200 mg group and 11 patients (4.2 percent) in the 400 mg group experienced DKA compared to one patient (0.4 percent) from the placebo group. According to the study authors, this increased risk of DKA could potentially be managed with patient education and increased monitoring.
Overall, the data indicated that more of the patients taking sotagliflozin added to optimized insulin therapy achieved the combined goal (the net clinical benefit) of an average blood glucose below the ADA-recommended target without severe hypoglycemia and without DKA. For net clinical benefit, 69 patients (26.2 percent) from the 200 mg group and 85 (32.4 percent) from the 400 mg group achieved this endpoint compared to 51 (19 percent) from the placebo group at 52 weeks.
More than 1.25 million adults in the U.S. live with T1D, and more than 75 percent of these people who use insulin alone have blood glucose levels above target,” said lead study investigator John Buse, MD, PhD, director of the Diabetes Center, director of the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, and executive associate dean for clinical research at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. “Despite recent advances, the challenges of T1D management, specifically hypoglycemia or fear of hypoglycemia, weight gain, glucose variability and patient burden, prevent many patients from reaching their treatment goals. The profile of sotagliflozin to improve glucose control beyond what can be achieved with intensified insulin alone while addressing these challenges has the potential to improve the lives of people with T1D.”
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212-OR - Fifty-Two-Week Efficacy and Safety of Sotagliflozin, a Dual SGLT1 and SGLT2 Inhibitor, as Adjunct Therapy to Insulin in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (inTandem1)
News Briefing: Adjunctive Therapies in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, Sunday, June 24, 7:15 a.m., ET
Session Type: Oral Presentations
Session Title: Clinical Trials in Type 1 Diabetes
Session Time: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
JOHN B. BUSE, SATISH K. GARG, JULIO ROSENSTOCK, TIMOTHY S. BAILEY, PHILLIP L. BANKS, BRUCE W. BODE, THOMAS DANNE, JAKE A. KUSHNER, WENDY LANE, PABLO LAPUERTA, DARREN K. MCGUIRE, ANNE L. PETERS, JOHN H. REED, SANGEETA SAWHNEY, PAUL STRUMPH, Chapel Hill, NC, Aurora, CO, Dallas, TX, Escondido, CA, The Woodlands, TX, Atlanta, GA, Hannover, Germany, Houston, TX, Asheville, NC, Basking Ridge, NJ, Los Angeles, CA, Roswell, GA
Sotagliflozin (SOTA) is a dual SGLT1 and SGLT2 inhibitor in development as adjunct therapy to insulin in T1D. In this double-blind, 52-week North American trial, 793 adults with T1D treated with multiple daily insulin injections (40%) or pump (60%) were randomized 1:1:1 to placebo (n=268), SOTA 200 mg (n=263) or SOTA 400 mg (n=262) once daily after 6 weeks of insulin optimization. Primary endpoint was change from baseline in A1C at Week 24. Other endpoints included A1C, weight, bolus insulin and FPG changes at Week 52, patient (pt) reported outcomes and net clinical benefit (NCB), assessing the proportion of pts with A1C
Baseline characteristics were similar between groups. Compared with placebo, SOTA 200 and 400 mg improved A1C and pt satisfaction at Week 24 and reduced A1C, weight, bolus insulin, FPG and pt distress at Week 52. More pts achieved NCB with SOTA vs. placebo (each P
In conclusion, SOTA 200 and 400 mg were associated with statistically significant A1C reductions that were sustained (P
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