(ertugliflozin) 5 mg, 15 mg tablets

Mechanism of Action

STEGLATRO is a potent and highly selective SGLT2 inhibitor1

STEGLATRO™ (ertugliflozin) Mechanism of Action

SGLT2 vs SGLT1 in vitro potency and selectivity

Greater than 2000-fold selectivity for SGLT2 (IC50=0.9 nM) vs SGLT1 (IC50=1960 nM)

IC50 , half maximal inhibitory concentration; SGLT1, sodium glucose co-transporter 1; SGLT2, sodium glucose co-transporter 2.

Renal Reabsorption of Filtered Glucose in SGLT2 Inhibition for STEGLATRO™ (ertugliflozin)

By inhibiting SGLT2, STEGLATRO reduces renal reabsorption of filtered glucose and lowers the renal threshold for glucose, and thereby increases urinary glucose excretion.

  • The mechanism of SGLT2 inhibition is independent of ß-cell function and insulin sensitivity.2,3
  • STEGLATRO has a mechanism of action complementary to those of biguanides and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors.

Urinary glucose excretion and urinary volume

  • Dose-dependent increases in the amount of glucose excreted in urine were observed in healthy subjects and in adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus following single- and multiple-dose administration of STEGLATRO.
  • Dose-response modeling indicates that both STEGLATRO 5 mg and 15 mg result in near maximal urinary glucose excretion (UGE).
    • In a phase 1 study of adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (mean baseline A1C 7.9%) and normal renal function, STEGLATRO, at a dose of 15 mg, induced a mean 24-hour UGE of 75.12 g.4
  • Enhanced UGE is maintained after multiple-dose administration.
  • UGE with STEGLATRO also results in increases in urinary volume.


STEGLATRO is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. STEGLATRO is not recommended in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Selected Safety Information

Contraindications: STEGLATRO is contraindicated in patients with severe renal impairment, end-stage renal disease, or on dialysis, and/or a history of a serious hypersensitivity reaction to ertugliflozin.

Hypotension: STEGLATRO causes intravascular volume contraction. Symptomatic hypotension may occur after initiating STEGLATRO, particularly in patients with impaired renal function (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] less than 60 mL/min/1.73 m2), elderly patients (≥65 years), patients with low systolic blood pressure, or patients on diuretics. Before initiating STEGLATRO, volume status should be assessed and corrected if indicated. Monitor for signs and symptoms after initiating therapy.

Ketoacidosis: Ketoacidosis, a serious life-threatening condition requiring urgent hospitalization, has been reported in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes receiving sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2is), including STEGLATRO. Some cases were fatal. Assess patients with signs and symptoms of metabolic acidosis for ketoacidosis, regardless of blood glucose level. If ketoacidosis is suspected, discontinue STEGLATRO, evaluate, treat promptly, and ensure risks for ketoacidosis are resolved prior to restarting. Before initiating, consider risk factors. Consider temporarily discontinuing STEGLATRO for at least 4 days prior to scheduled surgery. Monitor patients and temporarily discontinue STEGLATRO in clinical situations known to predispose to ketoacidosis (eg, prolonged fasting due to acute illness or post-surgery). Educate patients on the signs and symptoms of ketoacidosis. Instruct patients to discontinue STEGLATRO and seek medical attention immediately if signs and symptoms occur.

Acute Kidney Injury and Impairment in Renal Function: STEGLATRO causes intravascular volume contraction and can cause renal impairment. There have been postmarketing reports of acute kidney injury, some requiring hospitalization and dialysis, in patients receiving SGLT2 inhibitors. Before initiating STEGLATRO, consider factors that may predispose patients to acute kidney injury. Consider temporarily discontinuing STEGLATRO in any setting of reduced oral intake or fluid losses; monitor patients for signs and symptoms of acute kidney injury. If acute kidney injury occurs, discontinue STEGLATRO promptly and institute treatment.

STEGLATRO increases serum creatinine and decreases eGFR. Patients with moderate renal impairment (eGFR 30 to less than 60 mL/min/1.73 m2) may be more susceptible to these changes. Renal function abnormalities can occur after initiating STEGLATRO. Renal function should be evaluated prior to initiating STEGLATRO and periodically thereafter. Use of STEGLATRO is not recommended when eGFR is persistently between 30 and less than 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 and is contraindicated in patients with an eGFR less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m2.

Urosepsis and Pyelonephritis: There have been postmarketing reports of serious urinary tract infections, including urosepsis and pyelonephritis, requiring hospitalization in patients receiving SGLT2 inhibitors. Cases of pyelonephritis also have been reported in patients treated with STEGLATRO in clinical trials. Treatment with SGLT2 inhibitors increases the risk for urinary tract infections. Evaluate patients for signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections and treat promptly, if indicated.

Lower Limb Amputations: An increased risk for lower limb amputation has been observed in clinical studies with another SGLT2 inhibitor. Across seven Phase 3 clinical trials with STEGLATRO, nontraumatic lower limb amputations were reported in 1 (0.1%) patient in the comparator group, 3 (0.2%) patients in the STEGLATRO 5-mg group, and 8 (0.5%) patients in the STEGLATRO 15-mg group. A causal association between STEGLATRO and lower limb amputation has not been definitively established. Before initiating STEGLATRO, consider factors that may predispose patients to the need for amputations. Monitor patients and discontinue STEGLATRO if complications occur. Counsel patients about the importance of routine preventative foot care.

Hypoglycemia With Concomitant Use With Insulin and Insulin Secretagogues: Insulin and insulin secretagogues (eg, sulfonylurea) are known to cause hypoglycemia. STEGLATRO may increase the risk of hypoglycemia when used in combination with insulin and/or an insulin secretagogue. Therefore, a lower dose of insulin or insulin secretagogue may be required to minimize the risk of hypoglycemia when used in combination with STEGLATRO.

Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Perineum (Fournier's Gangrene): A rare but serious and life-threatening necrotizing infection requiring urgent surgical intervention has been reported in post-marketing surveillance in females and males with diabetes mellitus receiving SGLT2 inhibitors. Serious outcomes have included hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and death. Patients treated with STEGLATRO presenting with pain or tenderness, erythema, or swelling in the genital or perineal area, along with fever or malaise, should be assessed for necrotizing fasciitis. If suspected, start treatment immediately with broad-spectrum antibiotics and, if necessary, surgical debridement. Discontinue STEGLATRO, closely monitor blood glucose levels, and provide appropriate alternative therapy for glycemic control.

Genital Mycotic Infections: STEGLATRO increases the risk of genital mycotic infections. Patients who have a history of genital mycotic infections or who are uncircumcised are more likely to develop genital mycotic infections. Monitor and treat appropriately.

Increases in Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL-C): Dose-related increases in LDL-C can occur with STEGLATRO. Monitor and treat as appropriate.

Macrovascular Outcomes: There have been no clinical studies establishing conclusive evidence of macrovascular risk reduction with STEGLATRO.

The most common adverse reactions associated with STEGLATRO (≥5%) were female genital mycotic infections.

Before prescribing STEGLATRO™ (ertugliflozin), please read the accompanying Prescribing Information. The Medication Guide also is available.


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