New drug therapy for diabetes on the horizon

The new drug ‘dapaglifone’ eliminatesextra sugar from blood



I.V. Rao, vice-chancellor of NTR University of Health Sciences, said a new drug therapy was on the horizon for diabetes patients in the next few years.

Delivering the K.B. Krishnamohan Oration at Kurnool Medical College here on Friday, he said the new drug called ‘dapaglifone’ was intended to eliminate extra sugar from blood through urination. When the threshold limit of 180 mg crosses in the blood level, the elimination takes place through urination.

Also three other new drugs were under trail that stimulated pancreas to produce insulin and ultimately control the sugar levels. The new drugs act to stabilise the hormone levels considering the needs of the body. It would avoid hypoglycaemia as was witnessed in the insulin therapy.

Dr. Rao said diabetes emerged as a major health challenge in the developing countries like India. It had a debilitating effect on the families in the form of financial burden and loss of work.

Earlier, speaking to the reporters, he said the university issued essentiality certificate for six more medical colleges in the State, but the Medical Council of India (MCI) was to take the final call. The new colleges were proposed at Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Hyderabad and Kurnool.

On the query over the objections raised by Karnataka in giving PG admission to medical graduates from Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Rao said the matter was referred to the government.

He called for steps to strengthen super-speciality wings at general hospital here and said additional seats were granted for radiotherapy, surgery and orthopaedics.

Principal G.S. Ram Prasad, superintendent Umamaheswar, former Director Medical Education Abdul Sattar, former principal G. Bhavani Prasad and others were present.


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