New Diabetes Drug Approved
Januvia is the newest drug to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration
for the treatment of diabetes. It's a once-a-day pill. The biggest advantage
of Januvia is that it doesn't cause weight gain, nausea or episodes of low blood
sugar, unlike existing diabetes medication.
Januvia is in a new class of drugs called DPP-IV inhibitors. They work by enhancing
levels of a natural protein called GLP-1, which stimulates the pancreas to produce
insulin without encouraging the liver to make glucose.
The price of Januvia, which is made by Merck, is expected to be $4.86 per day.
The American Diabetes Association