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Efficacy of alogliptin in type 2 diabetes treatment: a meta-analysis of randomized double-blind controlled studies

Asres Berhan and Yifru Berhan*

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Hawassa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Hawassa University, P. O. Box: 1560, Hawassa, Ethiopia

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BMC Endocrine Disorders 2013, 13:9  doi:10.1186/1472-6823-13-9

Published: 1 March 2013



Alogliptin is a new dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP-4) inhibitor, which is under investigation for treatment of type 2 diabetes either alone or in combination with other antidiabetic drugs. The aim of this meta-analysis was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of alogliptin in patients with type 2 diabetes.


Computer based search was performed in MEDLINE, Cochrane library, and HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) databases. Meta-analysis was carried out by incorporating double-blind randomized controlled studies done on the efficacy of alogliptin in patients with type 2 diabetes. The efficacy and tolerability of alogliptin was determined by standardized mean differences (SMDs) and Mantel-Haenszel odds ratio. Heterogeneity was assessed by the chi-squared test (Cochran Q test) and I2 statistics.


The pooled SMDs demonstrated a significant reduction in HbA1c in patients treated with alogliptin 12.5 mg (SMD = −0.81; 95% CI, -1.11 to −0.51) or alogliptin 25 mg (SMD= −0.98; 95%CI= −1.30 to −0.66) as compared with controls. The SMD for reduction in fasting plasma glucose level (FPG) from baseline was also statistically significant among alogliptin treated patients. However, the effect of alogliptin on body weight change was inconclusive. The proportion of patients who discontinued alogliptin due to adverse events was not different from controls. Similarly, the meta-analyses of specific adverse events did not demonstrate statistically significant differences.


Alogliptin alone or in combination with other antidiabetic drug has shown a significant reduction in HbA1c and FPG level in patients with type 2 diabetes. However, its consistent efficacy for longer duration of therapy needs further investigation.

Alogliptin; Body weight; DPP-4 inhibitors; FPG; HbA1c; Meta-analysis; Type 2 diabetes