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Eli Lilly's Tirzepatide shows reductions in blood sugar levels and weight

Drug candidate Tirzepatide for treating type II diabetes has shown significant reductions in average long-term blood glucose levels, A1C, and body weight, according to new Eli Lilly data.

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New data from US pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly shows significant reduction in long-term blood sugar levels, A1C, and the body weights of patients when using the firm's drug candidate Tirzepatide's highest dose at 15 mg, according to an Eli Lilly press release on Wednesday.

The new data come from the firm's two phase III programs called Surpass-3 and Surpass-5. Eli Lilly is testing Tirzepatide as a treatment for type II diabetes, since it combines effects from the two hormones GLP-1 and GIP. For this reason, industry people predict this may be a competitor for Novo Nordisk's GLP-1 drugs.

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