Repaglinide is an antidiabetic drug in the class of medications known as meglitinides, and was invented in 1983. It is sold by Novo Nordisk under the name of Prandin in theU.S., GlucoNorm in Canada, Surepost in Japan,Repaglinide in Egypt by EIPICO, andNovoNorm elsewhere. In Japan it is produced by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma.
Repaglinide lowers blood glucose by stimulating the release of insulin from the pancreas. It achieves this by closing ATP-dependent potassium channels in the membrane of the beta cells. This depolarizes the beta cells, opening the cells’ calcium channels, and the resulting calcium influx induces insulin secretion.
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