FDA Issues Complete Response Letter for Type 2 Diabetes Drug Empagliflozin

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The FDA has issued a complete response letter to Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly  for the New Drug Application (NDA) of the investigational sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor empagliflozin.

The complete response letter referenced previously observed deficiencies at a Boehringer Ingelheim facility where empagliflozin will be manufactured. The FDA stated these deficiencies need to be resolved before the approval of the application. The FDA has not asked Boehringer Ingelheim to complete any new clinical trials to support the approval of the application.

Empagliflozin is a sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor class of compounds, and is being investigated for the reduction of blood glucose levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. The emerging SGLT2 inhibitor class removes excess glucose through the urine by blocking glucose re-absorption by the kidney.

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