PARIS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sanofi announced today that Soliqua™ 100/33 (insulin glargine 100 Units/mL & lixisenatide* 33 mcg/mL injection) is now available by prescription in U.S. pharmacies. Soliqua 100/33 is indicated for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on basal insulin (less than 60 Units daily) or lixisenatide.
"We are encouraged by the potential of Soliqua 100/33, which has demonstrated superior HbA1c lowering versus Lantus," said Peter Guenter, Executive Vice President, Head, Global Diabetes & Cardiovascular Business Unit, Sanofi. "By offering Soliqua 100/33 – a product containing both a basal insulin and a GLP-1 therapy – at a competitive price while facilitating patient access, we believe we are providing value to patients and the healthcare system."
In the labeled clinical trial, once-daily Soliqua 100/33 demonstrated statistical superiority for the change in HbA1c from baseline to week 30 (p<0.0001) versus Lantus®, the most prescribed basal insulin in the world.1,2,3 The most common side effects reported in the clinical program included low blood sugar, nausea, stuffy or runny nose and sore throat, diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infection and headache. Soliqua 100/33 is delivered in a single pre-filled SoloStar pen with a dose range covering from 15 to 60 Units and two starting doses to support patients' insulin needs. Soliqua 100/33 was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 21, 2016.
The daily Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) price of Soliqua 100/33 is $127 for a 300 Unit pen, which equals $19.90 per day at the average final dose of 47 Units used in the labeled clinical trial.
Sanofi is offering Soliqua 100/33 at a $0 co-pay** for eligible U.S. patients with commercial insurance and is working to secure coverage for Soliqua 100/33 on health plans nationwide. Sanofi is also offering a tailored support program, Soliqua 100/33 COACH, at no cost to adults living with type 2 diabetes who have been prescribed Soliqua 100/33 by their doctor. For additional information, please visit www.soliqua100-33.com.
"Healthcare professionals need a broad range of treatments to individualize a patient's diabetes care, particularly for the many adults living with diabetes who continue to face challenges in controlling their blood sugar levels even after treatment with basal insulin," said George Grunberger, M.D., FACP, FACE, Chairman, Grunberger Diabetes Institute. "This combination product provides a new option for many patients uncontrolled on basal insulin therapy or lixisenatide."
What is SOLIQUA™ 100/33 (insulin glargine 100 Units/mL and lixisenatide 33 mcg/mL injection)?
SOLIQUA 100/33 is an injectable prescription medicine that contains 2 diabetes medicines, insulin glargine 100 Units/mL and lixisenatide, that may improve blood sugar (glucose) control in adults with type 2 diabetes, when used with diet and exercise in people who are not controlled with long-acting (basal) insulin (less than 60 units daily) or lixisenatide.
Important Safety Information for SOLIQUA™ 100/33 (insulin glargine and lixisenatide injection) 100 Units/mL and 33 mcg/mL
What is the most important information I should know about SOLIQUA 100/33?
Do not share your SOLIQUA 100/33 pen with other people, even if the needle has been changed.
SOLIQUA 100/33 can cause serious side effects, including inflammation of the pancreas, which may be life-threatening.
Before using SOLIQUA 100/33, tell your doctor if you have had:
These medical problems may make you more likely to get pancreatitis. Stop taking SOLIQUA 100/33 and call your healthcare provider right away if you have pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that is severe, and will not go away. The pain may be felt in the back area. The pain may happen with or without vomiting.
Who should not use SOLIQUA 100/33?
Do not use SOLIQUA 100/33 if you are having an episode of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or if you are allergic to insulin glargine, lixisenatide, or any of the other ingredients in SOLIQUA 100/33.
Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. SOLIQUA 100/33 may affect the way some medicines work
How should I use SOLIQUA 100/33?
SOLIQUA 100/33 may cause serious side effects, including:
The most common side effects of SOLIQUA 100/33 may include:
Nausea and diarrhea usually happen more often when you start using SOLIQUA 100/33.
Please click here for full Prescribing Information for SOLIQUA 100/33 (insulin glargine & lixisenatide injection) 100 Units/mL & 33 mcg/mL: www.soliqua100-33.com.
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* Lixisenatide was in-licensed from Zealand Pharma A/S (NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen: ZEAL), www.zealandpharma.com.
** With the SOLIQUA 100/33 Savings Card, patients may be eligible for the $0 CO-PAY offer for the next 12 months. Restrictions apply. This offer is for commercially insured patients and is not valid for prescriptions covered by or submitted for reimbursement under Medicare, Medicaid, VA, DOD, or TRICARE, or similar federal or state programs including any state pharmaceutical programs. Void where prohibited by law. Savings card carries maximum savings of $700 off per pack for the duration of the program. Savings may vary depending on patient's out-of-pocket costs. Upon registration, patient receives all program details. Sanofi US reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend the program without notice.