Drugs & Therapy Perspectives

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 51–57 | Cite as

Exenatide extended-release pre-filled pen (Bydureon® BCise®): a profile of its use

  • Emma D. DeeksEmail author
Adis Drug Q&A


The Bydureon® BCise® pre-filled pen was developed largely to simplify self-administration of exenatide extended-release for patients with type 2 diabetes, being comfortable and intuitive to use, with easy-to-mix medication, sterile and safe needle containment, reliable/accurate dose delivery, and indicators of complete dose delivery and device use. Subcutaneous self-injection with Bydureon BCise involves three simple key steps (mixing, unlocking and pressing against the skin to inject) and has a needle that remains hidden, ensuring sterility and reducing the likelihood of accidental injury. In a single-injection study, the Bydureon BCise pre-filled pen was largely considered ‘easy’/‘very easy’ to use, and had a high rate of successful injection completion, including among lay users with dexterity or visual impairment. As an add-on to diet and exercise or oral glucose-lowering therapy, Bydureon BCise once weekly improved glycaemic control and provided glycaemic benefits over subcutaneous twice-daily exenatide and oral once-daily sitagliptin. Bydureon BCise was also generally well tolerated and appeared to have a better gastrointestinal profile, but more injection-site reactions, than twice-daily exenatide, and a less favourable gastrointestinal profile, but greater patient satisfaction, than sitagliptin.



The manuscript was reviewed by: S. Chinwong, Department of Pharmaceutical Care, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand; A.D. Mooradian, Department of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL, USA; W.M. Valencia, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), Miami VA Healthcare System, Miami, FL. USA. During the peer review process, AstraZeneca, the marketing-authorization holder of Bydureon® BCise®, was offered an opportunity to provide a scientific accuracy review of their data. Changes resulting from comments received were made on the basis of scientific and editorial merit.

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The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Conflict of interest

E. D. Deeks is an employee of Adis/Springer, is responsible for the article content and declares no conflicts of interest.


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