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The FDA approves first generic glucagon to treat severe hypoglycemia to improve competition and access to more affordable medicines
29 December 2020 -

Public health agency the US Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday that it authorised the first generic of glucagon for injection USP in 1 mg/vial in an emergency kit for the treatment of severe hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar), which may occur in patients with diabetes mellitus.

The agency granted approval of generic glucagon for injection to Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

According to the agency, the first generic glucagon for injection USP in 1 mg/vial is also indicated as a diagnostic aid in the radiologic examination of the stomach, duodenum, small bowel and colon. Severe hypoglycemia occurs when a patient's blood sugar falls to a level where he or she becomes confused or unconscious, or suffers from other symptoms that require assistance from another person to treat.

In addition, the generic glucagon for injection is a synthetic version of human glucagon. Glucagon is a hormone that causes the liver to quickly increase blood sugar levels. This hormone slows down movement of the gastrointestinal tract, concluded the agency.

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