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FDA OKs Combination Diabetes Drug, Maker Says
(HealthDay News) -- A 2-in-1 tablet called Janumet to treat diabetes has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, drug maker Merck & Co. said.
Janumet contains a new Merck diabetes drug called Januvia and an older diabetes drug called metformin, the Associated Press reported. Some type 2 diabetes patients already take Januvia and metformin separately. This combined drug is designed to make it easier for patients to control their blood sugar levels, according to Merck.
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Januvia, approved by the FDA last October, enhances the body's own ability to lower blood sugar levels.
Novartis AG has applied to the FDA for approval of a similar drug called Galvus, the AP reported.
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