The drug business is booming, especially when it comes to medications used to treat type 2 diabetes. With each passing year, drug companies are making product improvements by developing medications that are easier to take, use and store. The newest drug getting an upgrade is a once-weekly injectable Bydureon. The medication will now be available, in addition to the current Bydureon products, in an easy-to-use device known as Bydureon BCise.
How is Bydureon BCise to be used?
The recommended dose of Bydureon BCise is 2 mg injected under the skin every 7 days (once weekly). Bydureon BCise can be given with or without food.
Bydureon will be available as a 2mg/ml single-dose autoinjector.
What are some of the main differences between the Bydureon Pen and Bydureon BCise?
The main differences between the old Bydureon Pen and the new Bydureon BCise are as follows:
- The Bydureon BCise injector is a pre-filled device with a pre-attached hidden needle.
- You cannot see the needle with the Bydureon BCise injector.
- Bydureon BCise is designed for patient ease and convenience as it’s administered in 3 simple steps- mix, unlock, inject.
- Bydureon BCise only needs to be mixed for 15 seconds compared to the Bydureon Pen which must be tapped 80 times or more to make sure the medicine is well mixed.
Are there any serious side effects that may occur with Bydureon BCise?
Yes. Bydureon BCise, as well as all other formulations of Bydureon, have a Boxed Warning regarding the risk of thyroid tumors. A Boxed Warning is the strictest warning the FDA can give to a medication in order to warn patients and health care providers of the possible serious risks associated with a medication.
Does AstraZeneca have any cost savings programs for Bydureon BCise?
Yes. AstraZeneca is committed to supporting patient access to Bydureon BCise. Eligible commercially insured patients may pay as low as $0 for Bydureon BCise every month. Make sure to read the fine print, as cash-paying patients are limited to $150 maximum savings per 28-day supply.
For more information on Bydureon BCise, check out the manufacturer website here.
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