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AstraZeneca Pharma gets DCG(I) nod to market diabetes drug

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The product has been approved in 61 countries

AstraZeneca Pharma has received marketing authorisation from the Drug Controller General India DCG(I) for Xigduo XR tablets used in treatment of adults with type II diabetes in India. The product is indicated as an adjunct therapy to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type II diabetes, AstraZeneca Pharma India said in a statement.

The tablet, a product of the AstraZeneca Group, has been approved in 61 countries, including the US, the EU and Japan, and demonstrates an overall favourable benefit risk profile for treatment of patients with type II diabetes, it added.

The company, however, did not share the price at which it would be selling the tablets.

“Xigduo XR will provide physicians and patients with an advanced treatment option that provides better glycemic control, potential weight loss and the reduced risk of hypoglycemia,” Anilda Dsouza, Medical Affairs & Regulatory Head, AstraZeneca India.

With these tablets the company is able to offer physicians a personalised and effective treatment option to manage the type II diabetes, Dsouza said.

The product is approved with multiple dosage strengths of dapagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride extended-release, respectively, including 5 mg/500 mg, 5 mg/1,000 mg, 10 mg/500 mg, and 10 mg/1,000 mg, AstraZeneca Pharma India said.

The starting dose can be individualised based on each patients current treatment regimen, it added.

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