BI/Lilly's Jardiance Crowned As Heart Failure Game Changer After EMPEROR-Preserved
'Unequivocal Benefit' Unveiled At ESC
The full dataset from the closely-watched study demonstrated that Jardiance showed a 21% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular death or hospitalization for HFpEF compared with placebo, a significantly greater benefit than seen with the only approved drug for the indication, Novartis's Entresto.
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Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly have gained a US approval for their SGLT2 inhibitor empagliflozin in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, which could be extended further in coming months to other types of heart failure, adding to the products competing in this previously neglected therapeutic area.
The company's pharma chief Marie-France Tschudin does not expect Entresto's "unique position" in heart failure to be threatened by SGLT2 inhibitors such as Jardiance and Farxiga, saying those drugs are add-ons that will be used predominantly in diabetes patients.