OREANDA-NEWS. November 11, 2015. New data, also presented today, demonstrate Jardiance (empagliflozin) reduced the risk of the composite endpoint of rates of hospitalisation for heart failure or death from heart failure by 39 percent compared with placebo when added to standard of care in patients with T2D at high risk of CV events.

To date, no glucose-lowering medication has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalisation for heart failure or death from heart failure in a cardiovascular outcomes study, said Prof. Hans-Juergen Woerle, Global Vice President Medicine, Boehringer Ingelheim. These results with Jardiance show the importance of continuing to advance research that will help our understanding of how to manage and mitigate the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes.

About EMPA-REG OUTCOME
EMPA-REG OUTCOME was a long-term, multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of more than 7,000 patients from 42 countries with T2D at high risk for CV events.2

The study assessed the effect of Jardiance (10 mg or 25 mg once daily) added to standard of care compared with placebo added to standard of care. Standard of care was comprised of glucose-lowering agents and CV drugs (including for blood pressure and cholesterol). The primary endpoint was defined as time to first occurrence of CV death, non-fatal heart attack or non-fatal stroke.2

Over a median of 3.1 years, Jardiance significantly reduced the risk of CV death, non-fatal heart attack or non-fatal stroke by 14 percent versus placebo. Risk of CV death was reduced by 38 percent, with no significant difference in the risk of non-fatal heart attack or non-fatal stroke. Treatment with Jardiance also resulted in a 32 percent reduced risk of all-cause mortality and a 35 percent reduced risk of hospitalisation for heart failure.2

The overall safety profile of Jardiance was consistent with that of previous trials. The incidence of diabetic ketoacidosis was at or below 0.1 percent and similar across all treatment groups.2

About Jardiance
Jardiance (empagliflozin) is an oral, once daily, highly selective sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor approved for use in Europe, the United States and other markets around the world for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes.

Jardiance works by blocking the reabsorption of glucose (blood sugar) by the kidney, leading to urinary glucose excretion, and lowering blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. SGLT2 inhibition targets glucose directly and works independently of ?-cell function and the insulin pathway.

Jardiance is not for people with type 1 diabetes or for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).

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Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company
In January 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company announced an alliance in diabetes that centres on compounds representing several of the largest diabetes treatment classes. The alliance leverages the strengths of two of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies. By joining forces, the companies demonstrate commitment in the care of patients with diabetes and stand together to focus on patient needs. Depending on geographies, the companies either co-promote or separately promote the respective molecules each contributed to the alliance.

Boehringer Ingelheim
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About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world's first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued determination to provide real solutionsfrom medicines to support programs and morewe strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.

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