Dapagliflozin in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a pooled analysis of safety data from phase IIb/III clinical trials

Serge Jabbour*, Jochen Seufert, Andre Scheen, Clifford J. Bailey, Cathrina Karup, Anna M. Langkilde

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Aim: To evaluate the safety and tolerability of dapagliflozin, a highly selective sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitor, in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Methods: Data were pooled from 13 placebo-controlled trials of up to 24weeks' duration (dapagliflozin, n=2360; placebo, n=2295). Larger placebo-/comparator-controlled pools of 21 (≤208weeks; dapagliflozin, n=5936; control, n=3403) and 30 trials (≥12weeks; dapagliflozin, n=9195; control, n=4629) assessed the rare adverse events (AEs) of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and lower limb amputation, respectively. Results: Over 24weeks, the overall incidence of AEs and serious AEs (SAEs) was similar for dapagliflozin and placebo: 60.0% vs 55.7% and 5.1% vs 5.4%, respectively. Rates of hypoglycaemia, volume depletion AEs, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and fractures were balanced between the groups. Genital infections were more frequent with dapagliflozin (5.5%) vs placebo (0.6%) and renal function AEs occurred in 3.2% vs 1.8% of patients (the most common renal AE was decreased creatinine clearance: 1.1% vs 0.7%). In the 21-study pool, 1 SAE of DKA and 3 AEs of ketonuria/metabolic acidosis occurred with dapagliflozin vs none with control; estimated combined incidence for these events was 0.03% (95% confidence interval 0.010-0.089). In the 30-study pool, lower limb amputation occurred in 8 (0.1%) and 7 (0.2%) patients receiving dapagliflozin and control, respectively. Conclusion: The overall incidence rates of AEs and SAEs were similar in the dapagliflozin and placebo/control groups, including the incidence of hypoglycaemia, volume depletion, fractures, UTIs, amputations and DKA. Genital infections were more frequent with dapagliflozin than placebo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-628
Number of pages9
JournalDiabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
Issue number3
Early online date26 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2018

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© 2017 The Authors. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

Funding: AstraZeneca.


  • Antidiabetic drug
  • Dapagliflozin
  • SGLT2 inhibitor
  • Type 2 diabetes


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