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Byetta – corrections to Balance magazine article

Please note that the article 'Byetta' published on page 71 of Balance, September - October 2007, contains some errors.

The article suggested that if a dose is forgotten, it can be taken within 60 minutes of eating. This is not recommended by the manufacturers (Lilly) as it could potentially lead to hypoglycaemia.

Byetta should be injected at any time within the 60 minutes (one hour)your morning and evening meals, oryour two main meals of the day, which should be about six hours or more apart. It should not be administered after a meal as this could potentially lead to hypoglycaemia. If an injection is missed, the treatment should be continued with the next scheduled dose.

The article also stated that the manufacturers of Byetta (Lilly) provide a travel pack that can keep the medication cool for up to three hours. This is not the case, and the manufacturers have no plans to provide one in future.

Diabetes UK would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to our readers.

Byetta (Exenatide) is a synthetic copy of the hormone found in the Gila lizard (pictured) that can be used as an add-on treatment for people with Type 2 diabetes.

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