New Drug Approvals

CANAGLIFLOZIN

FRIDAY March 29, 2013

The first in a new class of type 2 diabetes drugs was approved Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Invokana (canagliflozin) tablets are to be taken, in tandem with a healthy diet and exercise, to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Invokana belongs to a class of drugs called sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. It works by blocking the reabsorption of glucose (sugar) by the kidney and increasing glucose excretions in urine, the FDA said in a news release.

Canagliflozin (Invokana) is drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes developed by Johnson & Johnson.[1][2] In March 2013, canagliflozin became the first in a new class of drugs for diabetes treatment to be approved.[3] It is an inhibitor of subtype 2 sodium-glucose transport protein (SGLT2), which is responsible for at least 90% of the…

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