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Reduced price of Trulicity in South Africa

A recent announcement on the radical reduction in price of dulaglutide (Trulicity) will be welcomed by prescribers in South Africa.

The DISCOVER study by Dr Adri Kok and others, published in 2021, of the patterns of diabetes management in South Africa in both the public and private sector shows sub-
optimal use of first and second-line glucose-lowering therapy.

This means that many patients are not receiving the benefits of newer anti-diabetic agents
that lower cardiovascular risk.

Since healthcare systems aim to maximise the health of the population they are caring for, whether it is in the state or private sector, and must often work within constrained budgets, choosing therapies that are both effective and cost-effect is vital.

What GLP-1 RAs are for

These newer drugs can be used to slow down the development of cardiovascular (heart) disease. You can read more about it here – Do people with diabetes need to worry about heart health?

At the links below you’ll find some recent accredited reports from South African experts, on the benefits and recommended usage of GLP-1 RA.
GLP-1 RAs and cardiovascular protection for your type 2 diabetes patient
Simplicity and control – cardiometabolic effects of GLP-1 RA in type 2 diabetes

Trulicity is related to Victoza, which we’ve written about before.

Trulicity contains the active drug dulaglutide. Victoza contains the active drug liraglutide. Dulaglutide and liraglutide belong to the same drug class: glucagon-like peptide-1 agonists. (A drug class is a group of medications that work in a similar way.)


If you’re living with Type 2 diabetes, you can ask your doctor if Trulicity is a good option for you.


  1. Kok A, Hariram A, Webb D, et al. Patterns of diabetes management in South Africa: baseline and 24-month

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