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

This study has been completed.
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Novo Nordisk A/S Identifier:
First received: February 12, 2010
Last updated: November 19, 2015
Last verified: November 2015
This trial is conducted in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. The aim of this clinical trial is to compare the efficacy and safety of NN1250 (insulin degludec (IDeg)) with insulin glargine (IGlar) in subjects with type 2 diabetes currently treated with metformin alone or with metformin combined with an oral anti-diabetic drug (OAD) qualifying for intensified treatment.

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

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Trial Comparing Efficacy and Safety of NN1250 and Insulin Glargine in Subjects With Type 2 Diabetes (BEGIN™: EASY AM)

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Glycosylated Haemoglobin (HbA1c) [ Time Frame: Week 26 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in HbA1c after week 26

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Body Weight [ Time Frame: Week 26 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change from baseline in body weight after week 26

Enrollment: 460
Study Start Date: February 2010
Study Completion Date: November 2010
Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: IDeg 3 times weekly (3TW) Drug: insulin degludec
Injected subcutaneously (under the skin) three times weekly. Dose was individually adjusted.
Active Comparator: IGlar OD Drug: insulin glargine
Injected subcutaneously (under the skin) once daily. Dose was individually adjusted.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Insulin naïve subject (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 three 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 secretaguogue (sulfonylurea 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
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) below or equal to 45.0 kg/m^2

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Use within the last 3 months prior to Visit 1 of: thiazoledinediones, 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 (for UK: adequate contraceptive measures are defined as established use of oral, injected or implanted hormonal methods of contraception, sterilisation, intrauterine device or intrauterine system, or consistent use of barrier methods)
  • 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: NCT01068678

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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:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Novo Nordisk A/S Identifier: NCT01068678     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NN1250-3724  2009-011398-33  U1111-1113-2412 
Study First Received: February 12, 2010
Results First Received: October 12, 2015
Last Updated: November 19, 2015
Health Authority: Canada: Health Canada
Czech Republic: State Institute for Drug Control
Israel: Ministry of Health
Slovakia: State Institute for Drug Control
South Africa: Medicines Control Council
United Kingdom: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
United States: Food and Drug Administration

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Endocrine System Diseases
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Insulin, Globin Zinc
Insulin, Long-Acting
Hypoglycemic Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
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