Bexagliflozin for type 2 diabetes: an overview of the data

Omar Azzam, Revathy Carnagarin, Leslie Marisol Lugo-Gavidia, Janis Nolde, Vance B. Matthews, Markus P. Schlaich

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Introduction: Sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are a relatively novel glucose-lowering drugs (GLDs) which additionally promote weight loss and blood pressure reduction among other beneficial effects. Areas covered: This review reflects on the extra-glycemic effects of SGLT2 inhibitors and their impact on important clinical endpoints, and provides an overview of data relating to a newer member of the SGLT2 inhibitor class, bexagliflozin. Expert opinion: SGLT2 inhibitors, while consolidating glycemic control as adjunctive therapy, indisputably affect cardio-renal benefits in the T2D population which is prevalently afflicted by heightened cardiovascular risk and a disproportionately increased incidence of unfavorable cardiovascular and renal outcomes. The data from landmark trials demonstrate that beneficial effects of SGLT2 inhibitors extend to non-diabetic patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and/or heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Preliminary findings from the BEST trial suggest that Bexagliflozin’s effects reflect those of other licensed drugs in its class. Bexagliflozin has also been shown to be safe and effective in patients with diabetes and CKD stage 3b. If and when approved, it presents physicians with the prospect of an additional therapeutic option in managing patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), and conceivably also, nondiabetic patients with established CKD and/or HFrEF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2095-2103
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Issue number16
Early online date29 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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