Ertugliflozin in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus

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More than 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, with 90–95% having type 2 diabetes (T2D). Glycemic control of T2D has demonstrated reductions in microvascular complications but recent data have demonstrated improvements in macrovascular outcomes with sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Ertugliflozin is the most recent SGLT2 inhibitor approved in the USA and Europe for the treatment of T2D. This narrative review aims to present and discuss the efficacy, safety, cardiovascular (CV), and renal outcomes related to the use of ertugliflozin in T2D. Ertugliflozin has been evaluated in eight clinical trials (n=5248) with a focus on glycemic control. These trials have demonstrated improvement in glycosylated hemoglobin (0.6–1%), fasting plasma glucose (30–50 mg/dL), 2-hour postprandial glucose (60–70 mg/dL), decreased body weight (2–3 kg), and lowering of blood pressure (3–5 mmHg) in patients with T2D when ertugliflozin is used as monotherapy or in addition to metformin, sitagliptin, insulin, and/or sulfonylureas. The findings from the VERTIS-CV trial (n=8246) were recently published and demonstrated that ertugliflozin use in patients with T2D and atherosclerotic CV disease is safe but did not demonstrate superiority in the lowering of major CV events compared to placebo. Other SGLT2 inhibitors, such as empagliflozin and canagliflozin, have demonstrated this benefit. The VERTIS-CV trial demonstrated that the use of ertugliflozin led to a decrease in the number of hospitalizations for heart failure and this lends further support that this benefit is a class effect of SGLT2 inhibitors.

Keywords: adverse effects, blood pressure, body weight, ertugliflozin, diabetes mellitus, drug interactions, metabolic effects, sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors.

Citation: Marrs JC, Anderson SL. Ertugliflozin in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Drugs in Context 2020; 9: 2020-7-4. DOI: 10.7573/dic.2020-7-4

Contributions: All authors contributed equally to the preparation of this review. All named authors meet the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) criteria for authorship for this article, take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, and have given their approval for this version to be published.

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Copyright: Copyright © 2020 Marrs JC, Anderson SL. Published by Drugs in Context under Creative Commons License Deed CC BY NC ND 4.0 which allows anyone to copy, distribute, and transmit the article provided it is properly attributed in the manner specified below. No commercial use without permission.

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Correspondence: Joel Marrs; Mail Stop C238, 12850 E. Montview Blvd., Room V20-2128, Aurora, Colorado, 80045, USA.

Provenance: Invited; externally peer reviewed.

Submitted: 15 July 2020; Peer review comments to author: 25 August 2020; Revised manuscript received: 30 October 2020; Accepted: 2 November 2020; Publication date: 30 November 2020.

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