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New drug for diabetes approved

NICE has approved a drug for treating patients with type 2 diabetes who are intolerant of either metformin, sulphonylurea, thiazolidinediones or dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors.

Primary care trusts have been ordered by NICE to start funding liraglutide (Victoza), giving 1.2mg daily as a combination treatment. However, it has not approved a 1.8mg dose as the available evidence does not suggest any significant additional benefit.

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