Is this Diabetes Drug Class Poised for Disruption?

The Motley Fool's health care show "Market Checkup" focuses this week on diabetes, one of America's growing health care concerns. There are 2 versions of this chonic disease -- the more prevalent being type 2 diabetes, which makes up about 95% of all cases. Because of that overwhelming patient population, type 2 diabetes receives the majority of attention from big pharma companies.

Diabetes is no small problem. In 2010, one in 10 adults has diabetes, and more troubling, more than one in four senior citizens, making it the seventh leading cause of death. There are 2 million new cases in America per year, leading analysts to project spending on diabetes to approach $60 billion in just five years. And this isn't just an American problem; 370 million suffer from diabetes around the world.

In this video, health care analysts David Williamson and Max Macaluso discuss one of the prominent diabetes drug classes, highlighting both the major players and whether a new drug from Eli Lilly  (NYSE: LLY  ) will disrupt the current standard of care.

Rising health care costs continue to be a hotly debated topic, and even legendary investor Warren Buffett called this trend "the tapeworm that's eating at American competitiveness." To learn more about what's happening to the health care system -- and how to potentially profit from this trend -- click here for free, immediate access.

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  • Report this Comment On July 07, 2013, at 10:27 AM, tgmwood2 wrote:

    Lilly realy hurt diabetes care when they quit produsing animal insulin. An a1c of 6 goes to a a1c of 11.7 with there insulin. I can imagine this government had something to do with that. I have only had diabetes since 1957. A company in the UK - Wockhardt, is the only company in the world that I know of that still produces a animal insulin. For me, it works good. Everything the vedio said was about money and nothing about actual care. This sad country has sadly went that way. Thanks, Terry

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