San Francisco Chronicle

Diabetic pill for cats to come to market

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A new, once-daily pill promises to make treating feline diabetes easier in newly diagnosed animals, without the shots. One caveat: The pill called Bexacat can’t be used in cats that had previously received insulin.

The biggest benefit may be the ease of use, experts said. While many cat owners successful­ly treat their cats with twice-daily insulin, often for years, others struggle. Research shows that owners put down 1 in 10 cats with a new diabetes diagnosis. Another 10% are euthanized within a year, in part because of the difficulti­es of treatment.

Made by Elanco Animal Health Inc., Bexacat was approved by the Food and Drug Administra­tion in December and is expected to be available in the U.S. in the next several weeks. It’s the first drug of its type approved for animals. Chronicle News Services

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