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ADA – New Lantus enlivens Sanofi diabetes strategy

Date June 25, 2013

In the race to launch a better long-acting insulin, Sanofi has the upper hand again. News that its new formulation of Lantus has proved equal to the existing product at controlling blood sugar whilst reducing the frequency of nighttime hypoglycaemia events should go a long way towards protecting the French group’s biggest seller from the twin threats of patent expiry and competition.

With US regulators having sent back Novo Nordisk’s Tresiba for four more years of work, and Lilly’s novel pegylated insulin sending some worrying liver toxicity signals, the chief emerging threat seems to be Lilly’s Lantus biosimilar. A new formulation with better outcomes and with new intellectual property protection should allow the French group to hold on to market share when the original formulation goes off patent in 2015.

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