What has NICE said?

Canagliflozin (Invokana) or dapagliflozin (Forxiga) or empagliflozin (Jardiance), on their own, are recommended as treatment for type 2 diabetes only if:

  • blood glucose levels can't be managed by diet and exercise alone

  • you cannot take drugs called metformin

  • your doctor thinks that drugs called pioglitazone, or a type of drug called sulfonylureas, are not the right choices of treatment

  • a type of drug called DPP‑4 inhibitors is the only other appropriate choice of treatment.

What does this mean for me?

If you have type 2 diabetes and your doctor thinks that monotherapy with canagliflozin, dapagliflozin or empagliflozin is the right treatment, you should be able to have the treatment on the NHS.

Canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin should be available on the NHS within 3 months of the guidance being issued.

If you are not eligible for treatment as described above you should be able to continue taking canagliflozin, dapagliflozin or empagliflozin until you and your doctor decide it is the right time to stop.

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