GPs in Scotland have wider type-2 diabetes treatment choice

GPs in Scotland now have a wider choice of treatments for type-2 diabetes following acceptance of the dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor sitagliptin by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC).

SMC accepted sitagliptin to treat type-2 diabetes in combination with a sulphonylurea and metformin when diet and exercise plus dual therapy with these agents do not provide adequate control of blood sugar. 

It also accepted it for use in combination with a sulphonylurea when diet and exercise plus the highest tolerated dose of sulphonylurea does not provide adequate control of blood sugar and when metformin is not suitable.

The SMC noted that, although sitagliptin is also licensed for use in combination with thiazolidinedione drugs, the manufacturer’s submission related only to the use of sitagliptin in combination with sulphonylureas with or without metformin.

The SMC said it therefore could not recommend the use of sitagliptin in combination with thiazolidinediones.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...

Consulting room door

LMC calls for enhanced access to be scrapped after abuse forces practice to close reception

A Midlands LMC has backed a practice forced to close its reception desk after abuse...