Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced promising results from two Phase III studies evaluating MK-1293 – Merck’s biosimilar to Lantus (insulin glargine). Lantus is used for the treatment of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In both Phase III studies, MK-1293 demonstrated statistical equivalence in efficacy and similar safety to Lantus after 24 weeks in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Merck filed the Lantus biosimilar for approval in Europe late last year. With these results, Dr. Peter Stein, Merck’s VP of late stage development in diabetes and endocrinology, stated, “[a]s a follow-on biologic, MK-1293 has the potential to offer a treatment option for pediatric and adult patients with type 1 diabetes and for adults with type 2 diabetes who use basal insulin to help control their glucose levels.” Assuming standard review times (and approval), MK-1293 could be on the EU market by the end of the year. With the promising Phase III results, Merck may also soon be gearing up for submission of MK-1293 to the FDA.
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