Janssen-Cilag’s Drug Invokana Recommended by NICE for Type 2 Diabetes

03 July 2014

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said it will cover Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen-Cilag’s diabetes drug Invokana (canagliflozin) as a treatment for people with type 2 Diabetes.

The decision, which will allow the drug to be reimbursed in the UK, recommends use of the drug in a variety of conditions, including alongside metformin when the patient can’t take a sulfonylurea or would be at significant risk of hypoglycaemia.

Carole Longson, director of NICE’s centre for health technology evaluation, says the recommendation for canagliflozin adds another clinically and cost-effective option to the armoury of drugs to control type 2 Diabetes.

The drug becomes the tenth diabetes treatment recommended by NICE. Others are metformin, sulfonylurea, sitagliptin, vildagliptin, pioglitazone, dapagliflozin, liraglutide, exenatide, rapid-acting insulin secretagogues and insulin to help lower blood sugar levels for type 2 Diabetes.

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