New AHRQ Guides Summarize Effectiveness, Safety of Oral Diabetes Medications

The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a pair of plain- language guides that outline the latest scientific evidence on the effectiveness and safety of oral medications for adults with type 2 diabetes. AHRQ’s analysis is the first to summarize evidence on the effectiveness and adverse events for all commonly used type 2 diabetes medications. As new classes of oral diabetes medications have become available, patients and clinicians have faced a growing list of treatment options and choices. The consumer-targeted guide, called Pills for Type 2 Diabetes: A Guide for Adults, includes information on types of diabetes pills commonly available for adults, how well they work, possible side effects, and medication costs. The clinician’s guide, called Comparing Oral Medications for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes, includes more detail on those topics and “confidence ratings” for evidence to support research conclusions. Print copies of the guides are available by sending an e-mail to