London, Jan 13: A simple weekly jab can now end the torment of millions of diabetics, who at present take injections two times a day, researchers say.
The landmark 18 pounds-a-week treatment is now available on the NHS.
The drug, called exenatide, can be given to people with Type 2 diabetes who cannot get their condition under control with currently available pills, the Daily Express reported.
It is a slow-release version of the earlier available version of exenatide, called Byetta, and mimics a hormone found in a lizard from Mexico.
At present, people whose blood glucose levels are not brought under control with tablets face having 14 injections a week – two a day – to regulate it. But exenatide, which can be given just once a week, has been found to be just as effective.
Exenatide is the first in a new class of medicines known as incretin mimetics, which trigger the pancreas to produce more insulin in response to raised blood sugar and also influence digestion and appetite. (ANI)