TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2022 /CNW/ - Lilly Canada is pleased to announce that as of January 31st, 2022, Baqsimi (glucagon nasal powder) is now covered under the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Formulary, as a Limited Use (LU) benefit.
Baqsimi is indicated for the treatment of severe hypoglycemic reactions in people with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus 4 years old and above when impaired consciousness precludes oral carbohydrates.
"Baqsimi has the potential to provide patients and those who are close to them with the confidence to manage unexpected severe blood sugar lows with an easy-to-use nasal formulation and we're so pleased that Ontario has granted public access to this important rescue medication," says Rhonda Pacheco, General Manager, Lilly Canada.
Baqsimi received approval from Health Canada in the fall of 2019 and to date, all Federal Health Benefit programs now include Baqsimi on their formularies.
Baqsimi is a portable, ready-to-use form of glucagon which requires no reconstitution or priming. It is administered in a single fixed dose of 3 mg which is sprayed in the nose, where it is absorbed. Baqsimi does not need to be refrigerated and can be stored at temperatures up to 30°C/86°F in its shrink-wrapped tube. Baqsimi is indicated for the treatment of severe hypoglycemic reactions in people with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus 4 years old and above when impaired consciousness precludes oral carbohydrates. The formulation was discovered in Canada.
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