Lilly's Tirzepatide Hits On Phase III, But Poised To Face A Crowded Diabetes Market
Starting patients on a low dose yielded lower rates of GI adverse events for the GIP/GLP-1 agonist, but it remains uncertain how differentiated tirzepatide will be against entrenched GLP-1 rivals.
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Concerns about gastrointestinal tolerability continue to weigh on Lilly’s tirzepatide, despite improvements seen in a Phase II dose-escalation study. Lilly believes the adverse events are manageable.
Heading into Phase III in 2019 is Lilly's dual agonist of GLP-1 and GIP, which has shown notable therapeutic effects on blood sugar and body weight in type 2 diabetics in a mid-stage clinical study. Meanwhile Lilly/Boehringer Ingelheim's SGLT2 inhibitor, empagliflozin, is being discussed with regulators with regard to its use in type 1 diabetics, an additional indication, following the release of full results from the EASE Phase III program.
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