BARCELONA, Spain, August 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
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A new analysis of the landmark LEADER trial shows that Victoza® (liraglutide) reduced the risk of major cardiovascular (CV) events in people with type 2 diabetes at high CV risk, irrespective of their history of having a heart attack and/or stroke or not having any of these events, when compared to placebo. This post-hoc analysis was presented today at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Annual Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in people with diabetes. Furthermore, studies have shown that adults with type 2 diabetes have up to a four times greater risk of heart attack and stroke.
"This new analysis expands our understanding of the benefits of Victoza® in reducing cardiovascular risk in people with type 2 diabetes," said Professor Neil Poulter, on behalf of the LEADER Trial Steering Committee and Investigators. "These encouraging results are consistent with the cardiovascular benefits of Victoza® observed in LEADER in both people with a history of having a heart attack and/or stroke as well as people at high risk without prior history of these types of cardiovascular events."
Victoza® reduced the risk of major CV events (non-fatal heart attack, non-fatal stroke and CV death) by 16% in people who had already experienced a heart attack and/or stroke when the trial started. Similarly, a non-significant 11% risk reduction was achieved with Victoza® treatment in people who had not experienced a prior heart attack and/or stroke.
Victoza® (liraglutide) is a human glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue with an amino acid sequence 97% similar to endogenous human GLP-1. Victoza® was approved in the EU in 2009 and is commercially available in more than 95 countries, treating more than 1 million people with type 2 diabetes globally. In Europe, Victoza® is indicated for the treatment of adults with insufficiently controlled type 2 diabetes together with diet and exercise, as monotherapy when metformin is considered inappropriate due to intolerance or contraindications and in addition to other medicinal products for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
About the LEADER trial
LEADER was a multicentre, international, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial investigating the long-term (3.5-5 years) effects of Victoza® (liraglutide) compared to placebo, both in addition to standard of care, in people with type 2 diabetes at high risk of major cardiovascular events. Standard of care was comprised of lifestyle modifications, glucose-lowering treatments and cardiovascular medications.
The landmark LEADER trial was initiated in September 2010 and randomised 9,340 people with type 2 diabetes from 32 countries. The primary endpoint was the first occurrence of a composite cardiovascular outcome comprising cardiovascular death, non-fatal heart attack or non-fatal stroke.
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