The aim was to compare changes in HbA1c and body weight after initiation of dapagliflozin or basal insulin supported oral therapy (BOT) in type 2 diabetes patients in primary care practices.Methods:
Patients from 983 primary care practices who started dapagliflozin or BOT between December 2012 and July 2015 (index date, ID) were retrospectively analyzed (Disease Analyzer; Germany). Changes in HbA1c (%) and body weight (kg) were evaluated 90-270 days after ID. Propensity score (PS) matching (1:1) was used to adjust for differences in baseline clinical characteristics (180-0 days before ID: age, sex, health insurance, diabetologist care, glucose lowering therapy, HbA1c, body mass index) and duration (days) between start of therapies and last HbA1c or weight documentation after ID.Results:
After PS matching, 766 dapagliflozin (mean ± SD; age: 63 ± 10 years; HbA1c: 8.9 ± 1.2%) and 766 BOT (age: 63 ± 10 years; HbA1c: 8.7 ± 1.1%) patients were included. HbA1c decreased by mean (SD) of 1.0% (1.3) in dapagliflozin and by 1.0% (1.4) in BOT patients after 90-270 days (HbA1c reduction; dapagliflozin vs BOT: –0.01%; P = .79). In 440 dapagliflozin users with available data, body weight (97.4 ± 19.9 kg) decreased by 3.1 (5.8) kg after 90-270 days, whereas no significant weight change was observed in 440 matched BOT patients (97.5 ± 19.9 kg) (weight reduction; dapagliflozin vs BOT: –3.0 kg; P < .05).Conclusions:
Initiation of dapagliflozin therapy reduced HbA1c similar to basal insulin with the additional benefit of weight reduction in type 2 diabetes patients treated in general practices.