Welchol gains diabetes indication

Welchol (colesevelam HCl, from Daiichi Sankyo) has been approved by the FDA to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes in combination with metformin, sulfonylureas, or insulin, either alone or in combination with other anti-diabetic agents. Clinical studies demonstrated that the addition of Welchol achieved significant reductions in hemoglobin A1c levels in patients not controlled by metformin, sulfonylurea or insulin alone. Welchol, a bile acid sequestrant, is already indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to reduce elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in patients with primary hypercholesterolemia as monotherapy or in combination with a statin.

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