New Medication for Type 2 Diabetes

August 16, 2012

Jessica, Pharmacy Manager

The FDA has recently approved a new medication for type 2 diabetes called Bydureon® (exenatide). This once weekly (every 7 days) injection is for use in combination with oral medication. Bydureon® can be taken any time of day with or without regard to meals. This may be a good option for those who have tried Byetta® or Victoza® without success, as it is a very similar medication. Byetta® is actually the immediate release formulation of the new medication Bydureon, but instead of having to inject twice daily with Byetta®, Bydrueon® calls for a once weekly injection. Bydureon provides another benefit over similar products. Studies have shown fewer gastrointestinal side effects – which is a potential problem with Victoza. Because it is a new medication, Bydureon® may be a more expensive product. Be sure to check with your insurance to verify a copay. Those who qualify may receive up to $50 off by signing up for a Bydureon Steady Savings Card at bydureon.com. Ask your doctor if Bydureon could be a good choice for your treatment of diabetes.