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Articles by J. Donaldson
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  P. D. Home , C. J. Bailey , J. Donaldson , H. Chen and M. W. Stewart

Aims To compare the efficacy and safety of either continuing or discontinuing rosiglitazone + metformin fixed-dose combination when starting insulin therapy in people with Type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on oral therapy.

Methods In this 24-week double-blind study, 324 individuals with Type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on maximum dose rosiglitazone + metformin therapy were randomly assigned to twice-daily premix insulin therapy (target pre-breakfast and pre-evening meal glucose ≤ 6.5 mmol/l) in addition to either rosiglitazone + metformin (8/2000 mg) or placebo.

Results Insulin dose at week 24 was significantly lower with rosiglitazone + metformin (33.5 ± 1.5 U/day, mean ± se) compared with placebo [59.0 ± 3.0 U/day; model-adjusted difference −26.6 (95% CI −37.7, −15,5) U/day, P < 0.001]. Despite this, there was greater improvement in glycaemic control [HbA1c rosiglitazone + metformin vs. placebo 6.8 ± 0.1 vs. 7.5 ± 0.1%; difference −0.7 (−0.8, −0.5)%, P < 0.001] and more individuals achieved glycaemic targets (HbA1c < 7.0% 70 vs. 34%, P < 0.001). The proportion of individuals reporting at least one hypoglycaemic event during the last 12 weeks of treatment was similar in the two groups (rosiglitazone + metformin vs. placebo 25 vs. 27%). People receiving rosiglitazone + metformin in addition to insulin reported greater treatment satisfaction than those receiving insulin alone. Both treatment regimens were well tolerated but more participants had oedema [12 (7%) vs. 4 (3%)] and there was more weight gain [3.7 vs. 2.6 kg; difference 1.1 (0.2, 2.1) kg, P = 0.02] with rosiglitazone + metformin.

Conclusions Addition of insulin to rosiglitazone + metformin enabled more people to reach glycaemic targets with less insulin, and was generally well tolerated.

  P. Ambery , T. W. Donner , N. Biswas , J. Donaldson , J. Parkin and C. M. Dayan


Phase III DEFEND-2 investigated whether otelixizumab (3.1 mg over 8 days) preserved C-peptide secretion in patients with new-onset Type 1 diabetes, focusing on adolescents (12-17 years).


One hundred and seventy-nine patients (54 adolescents) were randomized to otelixizumab or placebo. The primary endpoint was change in 2-h mixed-meal-stimulated C-peptide area under the curve at month 12. Enrolment was suspended in April 2011 following negative efficacy results from DEFEND-1. DEFEND-2 terminated early after 12 months' efficacy and safety follow-up.


Change from baseline C-peptide was not significantly different [∆ = -0.09 nmol/l (95% CI -0.17 to 0; = 0.051)]. No differential C-peptide effect was seen for otelixizumab in adolescents and more adverse events were reported.


Efficacy and tolerability of otelixizumab was similar to DEFEND-1. The 3.1-mg dose was non-efficacious in adults and adolescents. Further investigation of the mechanism of action seen at higher doses and therapeutic window is required.

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