Originally published October 25, 2019
Study title acronym: DECLARE-TIMI 58
ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01730534
1. Wiviott SD, Raz I, Mosenzon O, et al. Dapagliflozin and cardiovascular outcomes in type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2019;380(4):347-357.
2. Zinman B, Wanner C, Lachin JM, et al. Empagliflozin, cardiovascular outcomes, and mortality in type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2015;373(22):2117-2128.
Study design: Multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in patients with type 2 diabetes with known cardiovascular disease or at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease were randomized to receive dapagliflozin, a sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitor (SGLT2i), or placebo. All patients in the study were given usual care for diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors such as antihypertensive and lipid-lowering medications.
Primary outcomes: Major adverse cardiovascular outcomes (MACE) and a composite of cardiovascular death or hospitalization from heart failure.
Other outcomes: Composite of adverse renal outcome (sustained 40% decrease in estimated glomerular filtration rate, development of end-stage renal disease, death from a renal cause) and all-cause mortality.
Results: Over 17,000 patients were included in the study; 10,186 patients had no history of cardiovascular disease. Dapagliflozin did not result in a lower rate of MACE (8.8% in the dapagliflozin group vs. 9.4% in the placebo group, P=0.17). Dapagliflozin did result in a lower rate of hospitalization from heart failure (HR of 0.73; 95% CI, 0.61 to 0.88). Dapagliflozin also showed a small reduction in adverse renal events (4.3% of the dapagliflozin group versus 5.6% in the placebo group, HR of 0.76; 95% CI 0.67-0.87). Adverse reactions that were more common in the dapagliflozin group included diabetic ketoacidosis (0.3% in the dapagliflozin group versus 0.1% in the placebo group) and genital infections (0.9% in the dapagliflozin group versus 0.1% in the placebo group).
Summary: This study showed that dapagliflozin did not reduce MACE in patients with type 2 diabetes at high risk of cardiovascular events. However, dapagliflozin reduced the rate of hospitalization from heart failure and showed a trend toward a decrease in adverse renal outcomes. Among SGLT2i medications, empagliflozin is the only medication that has demonstrated a reduction in cardiovascular events in adults with type 2 diabetes. It is unclear why other SGLT2 inhibitors, like canagliflozin and dapagliflozin, have not shown a reduction in cardiovascular events. Perhaps decreased cardiovascular events are isolated only to empagliflozin, or maybe differences in study design explain why other SGLT2i treatment has not shown a reduction in cardiovascular events.
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