Study Type


Study Purpose

When diet and exercise are not enough to lower blood sugar, doctors usually first prescribe a drug such as metformin. However, many patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes need a second or even third blood-sugar lowering drug to maintain a desirable blood sugar level.

The FREEDOM research study will assess the effectiveness of a new way to deliver diabetes medication, when combined with metformin, for the potential management of type 2 diabetes. Researchers will also evaluate how well the study drug works when compared to other diabetes management medications and how well the study drug reduces weight in patients with type 2 diabetes.

About the Study

Researchers will assess if the investigational drug can help to lower hemoglobin A1C, a test that measures how well blood sugar is controlled over time.

The study consists of 10 total visits to the Pennington Biomedical outpatient clinic. These visits will take place over a period of approximately 1 year and 6 months.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 8 study visits
  • 5 phone calls with study staff

Procedures include:

  • Medical history
  • Height and weight
  • Vital signs (pulse and blood pressure)
  • Blood tests
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) to determine heart health
  • Questionnaires

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be 18 to 80 years old
  • Have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
  • Have been taking metformin for at least 3 months prior to screening for this study
  • Have a BMI of greater than or equal to 25 and less than or equal to 45 calculate your BMI
  • Not be pregnant

Study Duration

Participation in this study will last approximately 1 year and 6 months.


Compensation of up to $320 is offered for completion of the study.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for this research study, click here to screen online, call 225-763-3000 or email

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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