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JANUARY 20, 2005

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2005;15(01)

[Oral antidiabetic drugs are used in type 2 diabetic patients when diet and physical exercise have failed. The oral antidiabetic drugs available in Hungary can be classified according to their main effect. In this regard, antihyperglycaemic drugs with no hypoglycaemic potential (alfaglucosidase inhibitors, biguanides, thiazolidinedions) and drugs with a potential of insulin secretion (sulfonylureas, prandial glucose regulators) can be distinguished. Acarbose is mainly used in order to decrease the postprandial glucose excursion. Metformin is the drug of choice for obese, insulin resistant diabetic subjects while buformin is not preferable anymore since the availability of metformin. Rosiglitazone, the only thiazolidine-dion derivative in Hungary, can be used in combination therapy in diabetic subjects with clinical characteristics of the metabolic syndrome. The list of sulfonylureas contains five drugs in Hungary which enables differential therapeutical strategies to be performed. The prandial glucose regulators can be used either in monotherapy or in combination with other drugs at the relatively early stage of the disease. At present, the recommendations for treating diabetic patients with oral antidiabetic drugs can be based on clinical evidences.]



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[INTRODUCTION - Affective disorders are widely prevalent causing a common health problem. They appear frequently as comorbid disorders in connection with somatic illnesses. In the Hungarian literature there are very little data available related to his topic. In this study the prevalence of depression was analyzed in different departments of general hospitals. PATIENTS AND METHODS - A questionnaire screening was performed in nine Hungarian hospitals among 2423 patients treated in general medical departments. The prevalence of depression and the use of antidepressants was measured. The Beck Depression Inventory was applied for the detection of depression. RESULTS - In the studied sample the mean score of depression was 12.9 on the Beck Depression Inventory. 46.4% of the patients reached a pathological score. The most prevalent depression was screened in the rheumatological, neurological and rehabilitation departments. The use of antidepressants was very low among the depressed patients (0-11.9%). CONCLUSION - Based on the data of the study it seems that screening and treatment of depression in general medical departments is of great importance, which stresses the practical significance of the consultation-liaison psychiatry.]

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[Cost minimization analysis of basal insulin analogues in the treatment of type 2 diabetes]

MERÉSZ Gergő, TABÁK Gy. Ádám, KALÓ Zoltán

[INTRODUCTION - Basal insulin analogues are essential drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Basal insulin analogues have been shown to reduce the frequency of hypoglycaemia versus NPH insulin, and thus may be beneficial in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Here we present a cost-minimisation analysis of basal insulin analogues, comparing insulin glargine and insulin detemir available in Hungary. METHODS - A literature review was conducted to identify randomized, controlled clinical trials with a duration of 12 weeks or more in which a direct comparison of insulin glargine and insulin detemir was made in patients with type 2 diabetes. In a meta-analysis of the eligible trials, the following endpoints were investigated: metabolic status, body weight, frequency of hypoglycaemia, insulin doses administered and the number of insulin injections required. If a high heterogeneity (I2>75%) was found, meta-regression was performed to identify the underlying reasons. The funder’s perspective was applied in the cost-minimization analysis by taking into account the cost of the drug and of medical devices necessary for its administration, based on the daily number of insulin injections. RESULTS - No further studies were found in addition to those included in a metaanalysis published by The Cochrane Library. On the basis of three eligible studies, insulin detemir was injected more frequently compared with glargine (weighted mean difference: 0.42 95% CI 0.14-0.69 injections/day). High heterogeneity was present in case of two endpoints: the incidence of overall hypoglycaemia per patient-year (I2=83%), and daily basal insulin dose in units per body weight (I2=94%). The reason for the high heterogeneity in hypoglycaemia rates was not identified by meta-regression; however, the difference in insulin doses per body weight was negatively associated with body weight (-0.027 IU/kg per 1 kg, 95%CI: -0.051; -0.004). On the basis of the present meta-analysis and meta-regression, our calculations suggest that treating an average weight (90 kg) patient with type 2 diabetes with insulin glargine would result in an annual cost reduction of 93 452 HUF compared with insulin detemir by employing gross public drug prices. CONCLUSION - On the basis of the available clinical evidence, insulin glargine might be a cost-saving alternative of insulin detemir in an average-weight patient with type 2 diabetes. In an era of scarce resources, the role of therapeutic alternatives offering cost savings with the same efficacy become more important. The generalisability of our conclusions might be influenced by potential differences in the manufacturers’ claw-back rate of detemir vs glargine insulin.]

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[Titration of insulin glargin in type 2 diabetic patients treated with oral agents and with necessity of basal insulin in everyday medical practice ]


[INTRODUCTION - Early insulin treatment is a widely accepted option for combination glucose-lowering therapy, and its most common form is basal insulin supported oral therapy (BOT). Due to its 24-hour action and lack of peaks in plasma insulin concentrations, insulin glargine is an ideal choice for BOT. METHODS - We conducted a prospective, non-interventional study to evaluate the efficiency and safety of dose titration, the period of time necessary to reach the target fasting blood glucose level, and the changes in glargine insulin dose. The study group included patients with type 2 diabetes who had been treated with insulin glargine in BOT regimen for no longer than four weeks. The follow-up period was six months. RESULTS - During the study period, the mean fasting plasma glucose was decreased from 9.8 mmol/L to 6.7 mmol/L, the mean HbA1c level decreased from 8.8% to 7.3%, and the mean postprandial glucose level decreased from 11.5 mmol/L to 8.2 mmol/L. Mild hypoglycaemic episodes occurred in 6.5% of patients in the first 3 months and in 6.9% of patients between months 3 and 6. During the same periods, severe hypoglycaemic episodes occurred in 0.08% and 0.17% of patients, respectively. Both mean body weight and mean BMI decreased during the study period. The average daily dose of glargine continuously increased during the observation period from baseline 10.42 IU to 17.69 IU. DISCUSSION - In the study population, glargine therapy in BOT regimen significantly improved glycaemic control, while a slight but statistically significant reduction was observed in the patients’ body weight. The daily dose of insulin glargine increased during titration, and the therapy proved to be safe.]

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[Antidiabetic therapy of patients with type 2 diabetes - The place of administration of acarbose]


[Administration of the alpha-glucosidase enzyme inhibitor acarbose leads to a prolonged absorption of carbohydrates, which has a smoothing effect on blood glucose excursions, and results in a more even daily blood glucose profile. The glucose lowering effect is mainly due to the reduction of postprandial blood glucose levels. Non-glycaemic effects of acarbose, including those on blood pressure, lipids and the coagulation system are also clearly beneficial. According to the available data, the preparation also reduces cardiovascular risk. If used as a monotherapy, acarbose does not cause hypoglycaemia. Flatulence and diaorrhea represent the main side effects. From a professional point of view, acarbose should be given if postprandial blood glucose excursions exceed 2.2 mmol/l.]

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RODÉ Magdolna

[Obesity represents a major public health problem in both developed and developing countries having rapidly increased in prevalence in the past two decades. Childhood obesity is of particular concern. Two of its associated diseases require special attention; metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes one of its components that are increasingly diagnosed in childhood. A key to prevention and treatment is healthy lifestyle. The importance of education to healthy lifestyle from early childhood cannot be overemphasized.]

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