Abstract

Diabetes mellitus is a pathology with multiple and severe implications. Its prevalence has been continuously increasing during the last years, as well as the number of drugs introduced in its therapy. The value of the antidiabetics global market was evaluated at over 18 billion USD in 2005. The following five international producers hold the biggest share: NovoNordisk, Takeda, Sanofi-Aventis, GlaxoSmithkline and Eli Lilly. The two bestselling drugs in the USA in 2008 were Actos and Lantus, two products of latest generation, which, however, seems to be a global tendency. As far as the OAD (Oral Antidiabetic Drug) category is concerned, the products to be prescribed in the following years will be those of latest generation, such as thiazolidinedione, GLP-1 analogues, DPP-4 inhibitors, as well as their fixed combinations with metformine. Rapid or slow acting Insulin analogues and their combinations with isophane insulins replace the classic insulins which seem to be outdated.

Keywords

Diabetes mellitus, Prescriptions, Tendencies, Brand.