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Sanofi (SNY) Diabetes Drug Toujeo Positive in PK/PD Study

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Sanofi (SNY - Free Report) presented full results from a pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) study on Toujeo in comparison with insulin degludec for the treatment of type 1 diabetes at the 16th Annual Diabetes Technology Meeting, Bethesda, MD.

The randomized double-blind study on Toujeo (insulin glargine 300 Units/mL) demonstrated an overall flat PK/PD profile and a more evenly distributed exposure over 24 hours in the Toujeo arm, compared to insulin degludec, at both the dose levels (0.4 and 0.6 U/kg/day).

Moreover, Toujeo was found to have a more favorable safety profile than Degludec.

Toujeo is already marketed in the U.S. and EU.

Toujeo continues to perform well in key markets, peaking global sales of €167 million in the third quarter of 2016 on the back of a consistently strong performance in the U.S., where Toujeo now occupies 6.6% of the total basal insulin market.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

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