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Chattanooga Medical Research LLC. | Chattanooga, TN

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A Research Study to Look Into How Semaglutide, Together With a Lower Dose of Insulin Glargine, Compares to a Higher Dose of Insulin Glargine Alone in People With Type 2 Diabetes (SUSTAIN OPTIMIZE)

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Status and phase

Phase 3


Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2


Drug: Insuline glargine U100 (titrated)
Drug: Insuline glargine U100 (reduced)
Drug: Semaglutide

Study type


Funder types



2021-004392-13 (EudraCT Number)
U1111-1267-0312 (Other Identifier)

Details and patient eligibility


This study compares semaglutide, together with a lower dose of insulin glargine, to a higher dose of insulin glargine in participants with type 2 diabetes. The study looks at how well the study medicines control blood glucose levels. Participants will either get semaglutide together with a lower dose of insulin glargine or a higher dose of insulin glargine. The study will last for about 47 weeks (approximately 11 months). Participants will have 9 clinic visits, 15 phone/video calls and 1 home visit. Participants will be asked to wear a sensor that measures their blood sugar all the time in 2 periods of 10 days during the study.


568 estimated patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2D) mellitus greater than or equal to (>=) 180 days before screening.
  • Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) of 7-10 percentage [(53-86 millimoles per mole (mmol/mol)] (both inclusive) as assessed by central laboratory on the day of screening.
  • Body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to (>=) 25 kilograms per meter square (kg/m^2) on the day of screening.
  • Stable daily dose(s) greater than or equal to (>=) 90 days before screening of any of the following anti-diabetic drugs or combination regimens:
  • Any metformin formulations greater than or equal to (>=) 1500 milligrams (mg) or maximum tolerated or effective dose.
  • Any metformin combination formulation greater than or equal to (>=) 1500 mg or maximum tolerated or effective dose.

The treatment can be with or without sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors.

• Treated with a once daily basal insulin (e.g. insulin glargine Unit 100 or U300, neutral protamine hagedorn (NPH) insulin, insulin detemir, insulin degludec) less than or equal to (<=) 40 units/day (U/day) for greater than or equal to (>=) 90 days before screening. Short-term bolus insulin treatment for a maximum of 14 days before screening is allowed.

Exclusion criteria

  • Uncontrolled and potentially unstable diabetic retinopathy or maculopathy. Verified by a fundus examination performed within the past 90 days before screening or in the period between screening and randomisation. Pharmacological pupil-dilation is a requirement unless using a digital fundus photography camera specified for non-dilated examination.
  • Potentially missed diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes (T1D) or latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) verified by C-peptide less than 0.26 nanomoles per litre (nmol/L) (or 260 picomoles per liter [pmol/L] [0.78 nanograms per millilitre {ng/mL}]) or antibodies to glutamic acid decarboxylase (anti-GAD) greater than 5 units/millilitre, as measured by the central laboratory at screening.
  • Presence or history of pancreatitis (acute or chronic).
  • Renal impairment measured as estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) value of less than 30 millilitre per minute per 1.73 meter square at screening as defined by Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) 2012 classification.
  • Any episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis within 90 days before screening.
  • Known hypoglycaemic unawareness as indicated by the investigator according to Clarke's questionnaire question 8.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


None (Open label)

568 participants in 2 patient groups

Insuline glargine U100 (reduced) + semaglutide
Experimental group
Participants will initially receive 0.25 milligrams (mg) once-weekly semaglutide subcutaneously (s.c.) and the dose will be gradually escalated to 2 mg as an add-on to dose-reduced insulin glargine s.c. given once-daily. Insulin glargine U100 will be reduced by 10 U at the initiation of semaglutide and then again at each semaglutide dose escalation. Insulin glargine dose will be adjusted based on the mean of three pre-breakfast self-measured plasma glucose (SMPG) values (target SMPG: 4.4-7.2 millimoles per litre (mmol/L)).
Drug: Semaglutide
Drug: Insuline glargine U100 (reduced)
Insuline glargine U100 (titrated)
Active Comparator group
Participants will receive titrated insuline glargine U100 s.c. once-daily. Insulin glargine U100 dose will be adjusted based on the mean of three pre-breakfast SMPG values (target SMPG: 4.4-7.2 mmol/L).
Drug: Insuline glargine U100 (titrated)

Trial contacts and locations



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