Are Older Diabetes Drugs Safe and Effective?

by Jay H. Shubrook, DO and Allison M. Petznick, DO

Dr Shubrook: There are so many medicines used to treat diabetes today. The great majority of them are new. One of the questions I get asked is: What is the place for the older medicines? Where and when do you use them?

Dr Petznick: I definitely think there's a place for the older medications. One of the biggest things that I deal with on a day-to-day basis is the cost of newer medications. If you give a patient a medication and they can't afford it, they're not going to take no matter what you recommend. That's the situation in which I will usually use those older medications.

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