Study: Sanofi insulin reduces weight gain, increases blood sugar control
PARIS — An insulin analogue made by Sanofi appears to work better in certain cases than competing treatments at reducing weight gain and controlling blood sugar among patients with Type 2 diabetes.
The French drug maker announced the release of data from a 2,900-patient study showing that initiating patients with Lantus (insulin glargine [rDNA origin]) led to better glycemic control and comparable or modest weight gain compared with other insulins, oral anti-diabetic drugs and dietary changes. The lowest weight gain was seen in patients ages 65 years and older. The data were presented at the 47th annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Lisbon, Portugal.
"Weight gain is a commonly perceived effect of using insulin in Type 2 diabetes," lead study investigator and University of Vermont professor Jack Leahy said. "[These data demonstrate] that initiation of Lantus when A1C is less than 8% may help to limit weight gain in this patient population."
Generic Rx sales jump more than half for Hi-Tech Pharmacal in Q1
AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — First-quarter net sales for Hi-Tech Pharmacal’s generic pharmaceuticals business increased by 52% to nearly $49 million, the drug maker reported.
Hi-Tech Pharmacal attributed the spike to stronger sales of fluticasone propionate nasal spray.
For the three months ended July 31, the company recorded net income from continuing operations of $13.8 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, a 58% rise compared with net income from the year-ago period.
Overall, net sales for Hi-Tech Pharmacal jumped 43% during its first quarter to $56.2 million.
Maybelline NY introduces its new Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara
NEW YORK — Maybelline New York has expanded its mascara portfolio with the September launch of its new Great Lash Lots of Lashes.
The popular Great Lash brand, known for its bright pink and green packaging, now features, with Lots of Lashes, a new heart-shaped elastomer brush to simplify the application process. In one sweep, the little grabber brush reaches the inner and outer corner of the eye, multiplying and building the lash look with no clumps.
Great Lash Lots of Lashes is available in three washable shades. It is available beginning in September and has a suggested retail price of $6.49.