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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Lilly and Co.’s potential once-weekly treatment for type 2 diabetes fared better than three other drugs in lowering blood sugar levels, according to initial results from some late-stage research.

The Indianapolis drugmaker said Monday that two doses of its injectable drug dulaglutide delivered statistically superior reductions in blood sugar levels when compared to twice-daily injections of exenatide and the oral treatments metformin and sitagliptin. Lilly will present more details from the studies at scientific meetings next year and in 2014.

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