Novel Treatment Advances and Approaches in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes: A Closer Look at the Evolving Role of SGLT2 Inhibitors

A continuing medical education activity provided by NAMCP and AAMCN

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2020 Spring Managed Care Forum. If you participated in the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from August 1, 2020 to August 1, 2021

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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that more than 30.3 million people in the United States have diabetes, and that one in three Americans born in 2020 will develop diabetes sometime during their lifetime. About 90-95% of adults who have diabetes have type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), uncontrolled type 2 DM doubles a person’s risk for death, and on average individuals with type 2 DM lose 10-15 years of life. The management of type 2 DM remains a major challenge as many patients continue to struggle with achieving therapeutic goals, including control of A1C level, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight. Fortunately, recent advances in treatments in Type 2 Diabetes management have given healthcare professionals the ability to shrink this clinical practice gap.

The economic cost of diabetes is staggering. Moreover, it has been estimated that people with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures that are approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes. The price tag associated with treatment of type 2 DM increases with disease severity, as more and more dollars are spent managing the significant comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease, associated with advanced type 2 DM. It is therefore imperative that measures be taken to ensure that each patient with type 2 DM receives optimal care to reduce the burden of this illness on the community. With so many options in type 2 diabetes treatment, healthcare professionals now have a better opportunity to ease this burden.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the reciprocal pathophysiologic relationships between T2DM and CVD, HF, and CKD, including treatment implications

  • Examine the role of anti-diabetic therapy, in particular the use of SGLT2 inhibitors, in a risk-based intervention strategy that targets glucose control and cardiovascular risk factors

  • Discuss the mechanistic profiles, evidence for clinical benefits, and safety concerns associated with SGLT2 inhibitors as treatment options for patients with T2DM

  • Compare the designs and results of large-scale cardiovascular outcomes trials with SGLT2 inhibitors for T2DM

  • Assess the managed care considerations of SGLT2 inhibitors by exploring where these agents fit into the evolving T2DM management paradigm


Faculty: Jennifer B. Green, MD
Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center, Division of Endocrinology
Duke Clinical Research Institute


Dr. Green serves as a consultant to AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Novo Nordisk. She has received grant/research support from Boehringer Ingelheim and Sanofi/Lexicon. Her presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.

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Nurses who complete this activity and achieve a passing score will receive 1 hour in nursing continuing professional development.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hours toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

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