What is the future on diabetes treatment medications - article explores the recent number of medications, origins, and the potential future..BD
(CNNMoney.com) -- America's 20 million-plus diabetics mean dollar signs for drug companies that sell a slew of new products, including a successful drug based on the saliva of a Gila monster, and a failed inhalation device that's been compared to a "bong.
But other drugs, such as the pills Actos from Takeda and Avandia from GlaxoSmithKline, and the injectable drug Byetta from Amylin and Eli Lilly & Co., treat the disease more directly by controlling blood-sugar levels. When Glaxo announced plans to shut down a plant in Puerto Rico and reduce staff by 250 workers, the company blamed the hemorrhaging sales of Avandia.
Januvia, a pill from New Jersey-based Merck & Co., Inc., is the newest entrant to the diabetes field. Like the other drugs, it controls blood-sugar levels and is only used by diabetics with type II diabetes, which generally emerges in adults as a result of obesity.