Oral agents underused in diabetes

ONE in five Australians with persistently inadequate blood glucose control are not being treated with any antidiabetic medications, a primary care study shows.

The results, based on more than 450,000 patients seen by nearly 1000 GPs, have prompted calls for better patient education and for new hypoglycaemic drugs to be more widely available under the PBS.

The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute study shows that about 40% of patients are inadequately controlled, based on a target HbA1c of 7%, an improvement from 50% nine