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Comparison of NN1250 With Insulin Glargine in Subjects With Type 2 Diabetes (BEGIN™)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Novo Nordisk A/S Identifier:
First received: February 25, 2010
Last updated: January 20, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
This trial was conducted in Europe and North America. The aim of this clinical trial was to compare NN1250 (insulin degludec (IDeg)), a soluble insulin basal analogue (SIBA), with insulin glargine (IGlar), as add-on to subject's ongoing treatment with metformin and/or DPP-4 (dipeptyl peptidase 4) inhibitors, in patients with type 2 diabetes being treated with oral anti-diabetic drugs (OADs).

Condition Intervention Phase
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Drug: insulin degludec
Drug: insulin glargine
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A 26-week Randomised, Confirmatory, Controlled, Open Label, Multicentre, Multinational Treat-to-target Trial Comparing the Efficacy and Safety of SIBA 200 U/ml Three Times Weekly Injected in the Evening and Insulin Glargine Once Daily in a Population of Insulin naïve Subjects With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Currently Treated With OADs Qualifying for Intensified Treatment (BEGIN™: EASY™)

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Glycosylated Haemoglobin (HbA1c) [ Time Frame: Week 0, Week 26 ]
    Change from baseline in HbA1c after 26 weeks of treatment

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Body Weight [ Time Frame: Week 0, Week 26 ]
    Change from baseline in body weight after 26 weeks of treatment

Enrollment: 467
Study Start Date: March 2010
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: IDeg 3TW Drug: insulin degludec
Will be injected subcutaneously (under the skin) once daily three times weekly.
Active Comparator: IGlar OD Drug: insulin glargine
Will be injected subcutaneously (under the skin) once daily administered at the same time each day.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Type 2 diabetes (diagnosed clinically) for at least 6 months
  • Insulin naïve subjects (allowed are: previous short term insulin treatment up to 14 days; treatment during hospitalisation or during gestational diabetes is allowed for periods longer than 14 days)
  • Current treatment: metformin monotherapy or metformin in any combination with insulin secretagogues (sulphonylurea (SU) or glinide), DPP-4 inhibitor, alpha-glucosidase-inhibitor (acarbose) with unchanged dosing for at least 3 months prior to visit 1 with the minimum doses stated: -Metformin: alone or in combination (including fixed combination) 1500 mg daily or maximum tolerated dose (at least 1000 mg daily)-Insulin secretagogue (sulfonylurea (SU) or glinide): minimum half of the daily maximal dose according to local labelling -DPP-4 inhibitor: minimum half of the daily maximal dose according to local labelling -alpha-glucosidase-inhibitor (acarbose): minimum half of the daily maximal dose or maximum tolerated dose
  • HbA1c 7.0-10.0 % (both inclusive) by central laboratory analysis
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) below or equal to 45.0 kg/m^2

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Use within the last 3 months prior to Visit 1 of: Thiazoledinediones (TZDs), Exenatide or Liraglutide
  • Cardiovascular disease, within the last 6 months prior to visit 1, defined as: stroke; decompensated heart failure New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III or IV; myocardial infarction; unstable angina pectoris; or coronary arterial bypass graft or angioplasty
  • Uncontrolled treated/untreated severe hypertension (systolic blood pressure at least 180 millimetre (mm) mercury (Hg) and/or diastolic blood pressure at least 100 mmHg)
  • Pregnancy, breast-feeding, the intention of becoming pregnant or not using adequate contraceptive measures according to local requirements
  • Cancer and medical history of cancer hereof (except basal cell skin cancer or squamous cell skin cancer)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01076647

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Novo Nordisk A/S
Study Director: Global Clinical Registry (GCR, 1452) Novo Nordisk A/S
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Novo Nordisk A/S Identifier: NCT01076647     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NN1250-3718
2009-011399-31 ( EudraCT Number )
U1111-1112-8770 ( Other Identifier: WHO )
Study First Received: February 25, 2010
Results First Received: October 13, 2015
Last Updated: January 20, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Insulin, Globin Zinc
Insulin Glargine
Hypoglycemic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on April 28, 2017