The Los Angeles gathering of the Institute for Value-Based Medicine focused on the need to intervene early in the course of diabetes, so that patients can avoid long-term complications. Over the past decade, cardiovascular outcomes trials for glucose-lowering therapies have revealed unexpected benefits, offering new opportunities for cardiologists.
A discussion with Naeem Khan, MD, vice president of US cardiovascular and metabolic diseases at AstraZeneca, on lessons from the wave of cardiovascular outcomes trials, the new focus on renal outcomes, and what’s next for SGLT2 inhibitors.
Presentations at 2 major scientific conferences showed that the SGLT2 inhibitor cut the risk of renal failure or death by 30% and had renal benefits for patients with and without previous cardiovascular disease.
Evidence that newer type 2 diabetes therapies offer cardiovasular and renal benefits offer opportunities for greater collaboration among specialists and more value for patients. Payers must take notice.