Efficacy and Safety of Dulaglutide in Older Patients: A post hoc Analysis of the REWIND trial Academic Article uri icon

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  • Abstract Context Dulaglutide reduced major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in the Researching Cardiovascular Events with a Weekly INcretin in Diabetes (REWIND) trial. Its efficacy and safety in older vs younger patients have not been explicitly analyzed. Objective This work aimed to assess efficacy and safety of dulaglutide vs placebo in REWIND by age subgroups (≥ 65 and < 65 years). Methods A post hoc subgroup analysis of REWIND was conducted at 371 sites in 24 countries. Participants included type 2 diabetes patients aged 50 years or older with established cardiovascular (CV) disease or multiple CV risk factors, and a wide range of glycemic control. Patients were randomly assigned (1:1) to dulaglutide 1.5 mg or placebo as an add-on to country-specific standard of care. Main outcomes measures included MACE (first occurrence of the composite of nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, or death from CV or unknown causes). Results There were 5256 randomly assigned patients who were 65 years or older (mean = 71.0), and 4645 were younger than 65 years (mean = 60.7). Baseline characteristics were similar in randomized treatment groups. Dulaglutide treatment showed a similar reduction in the incidence (11% vs 13%) of MACE in older vs younger patients. The rate of permanent study drug discontinuation, incidence of all-cause mortality, hospitalizations for heart failure, severe hypoglycemia, severe renal or urinary events, and serious gastrointestinal events were similar between randomized treatment groups within each age subgroup. The incidence rate of serious cardiac conduction disorders was numerically higher in the dulaglutide group compared to placebo within each age subgroup but the difference was not statistically significant. Conclusion Dulaglutide had similar efficacy and safety in REWIND in patients65 years and older and those younger than 65 years.


  • Riddle, Matthew C
  • Gerstein, Hertzel Chaim
  • Xavier, Denis
  • Cushman, William C
  • Leiter, Lawrence A
  • Raubenheimer, Peter J
  • Atisso, Charles M
  • Raha, Sohini
  • Varnado, Oralee J
  • Konig, Manige
  • Lakshmanan, Mark
  • Franek, Edward

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  • April 23, 2021

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