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Diabetes Watch Blog: Looking Forward To The Inhaled Form Of Insulin

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Dec 5, 2005

Looking Forward To The Inhaled Form Of Insulin

Looking Forward To The Inhaled Form Of Insulin
Every one of us knows, how painful is the daily life of a diabetic patient. The more you would like to control your blood sugar, the more painful our lives become. Life stretches through the dark tunnel of pain and discomfort for most diabetic patients. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. The new inhaled formulations of insulin are instilling hope to all of us. After all there is light at the end of the tunnel.

There is clear evidence from clinical trials that a new inhaled formulation of insulin, Exubera, is as effective as traditional subcutaneous injections in controlling blood glucose in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The new formulation, is likely to be the first non-injectable insulin on the market.

Recent clinical trial results with Exubera are reviewed in the journal Core Evidence. Researchers say that one reason that clinicians and patients are often reluctant to initiate insulin therapy is due to the burden of daily injections, and the risk of low blood sugar and weight gain.
Exubera is a dry powder formulation packaged into blisters and delivered via a hand-held inhaler device developed by Nektar Therapeutics. It is jointly developed by Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis. Its approval has been recommended by an FDA Advisory Board in the United States, and by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency.

The review in Core Evidence states that there is clear evidence that Exubera is as effective as subcutaneous insulin in reducing HbA1c levels, which is the key indicator of blood glucose control, in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The article also found that "inhaled insulin" had a greater acceptance relating to convenience and ease of use." The incidence of weight gain and hypoglycemia was no greater with Exubera compared with subcutaneous insulin, and in short-term trials there was no effect on pulmonary function.

JoAnn      


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Type-2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90% of cases diabetes. This disease affects nearly 17 million Americans and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Even though 17 million Americans have type-2 diabetes only half of these people are aware that they have diabetes. The death rate in patients with diabetes may be up to 11 times higher than in persons without the disease. The occurrence of diabetes in persons 45 to 64 years of age is 7 percent, but the proportion increases significantly in persons 65 years of age or older. Type-2 diabetes accounts for more than 90% of all diabetes worldwide.

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