Initiation of biphasic insulin asp art 30/70 in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus in a largely primary care-based setting in Sweden

Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden.
Primary care diabetes 03/2011; 5(2):89-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.pcd.2011.02.003
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ABSTRACT Despite a wealth of clinical trial data supporting use of the premixed insulin analogue, biphasic insulin aspart 30 (BIAsp 30) in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), there is limited documentation of its use in primary care-based clinical practice.
An observational study investigating the safety and efficacy of BIAsp 30 in routine clinical practice was conducted. Patients were followed up 3 and 6 months after initiating insulin treatment. Safety and efficacy measures were documented.
During the course of the study, 1154 patients were included (age range 20-95 years), of whom 89% completed the 6-month follow-up period. Mean HbA(1c) at baseline was 8.8% (73mmol/mol), and had improved to 7.2% (55mmol/mol) after 6 months of treatment. The rate of total hypoglycaemia at completion of the study was 4.1 events per patient year. Major hypoglycaemic events were rare (two in total).
BIAsp 30 was initiated safely and effectively in insulin-naïve patients with T2DM. The safety and efficacy profile observed in clinical trials was confirmed in this largely primary care-based setting in Sweden.

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