Bydureon officially hits market

SAN DIEGO — Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Alkermes announced that their Type 2 diabetes treatment now is available by prescription in U.S. pharmacies.

Bydureon (exenatide extended-release for injectable suspension) received approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 27 as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 diabetes.

In line with the official launch, the drug makers said eligible patients will have access to the Bydureon Steady Savings Card to help offset co-pay costs by saving up to $50 per month for up to 24 months. Details about the program can be found here.

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