Trelagliptin (Zafatek®) is an orally active dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitor developed by Takeda and approved in Japan for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Unlike other approved agents of its class, which are usually administered once daily, trelagliptin can be administered once weekly. Phase II development of trelagliptin was discontinued in the USA and EU, as Takeda considered that the costs associated with obtaining approval in these markets were prohibitive. This article summarizes the milestones in the development of trelagliptin leading to this first approval for T2DM.
KeywordsMetformin Glycaemic Control Sitagliptin Linagliptin Alogliptin
The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding. During the peer review process the manufacturer of the agent under review was offered an opportunity to comment on the article. Changes resulting from any comments received were made by the authors on the basis of scientific completeness and accuracy. K. McKeage is a salaried employee of Adis, Springer SBM.
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