Two new guides summarize efficacy and safety of diabetes meds

December 10, 2007

New guides outline latest evidence on Type 2 diabetes medications

HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality has developed two guides, one consumer-oriented and one for clinicians, that outline the latest scientific evidence on efficacy and safety of oral Type 2 diabetes medications. According to AHRQ, the new publications are the first to summarize the evidence that will help patients, their families, and healthcare providers make informed decisions about treating the condition. The consumer guide, entitled Pills for Type 2 Diabetes: A Guide for Adults, also includes information on medication costs, while the clinician's version, Comparing Oral Medications for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes, provides confidence ratings for evidence to support research conclusions. The diabetes guides are part of the series of products from AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program that are available on-line at