Inhalable Insulin

“Exubera” is a horrible name for a drug that’s not meant to make you high. . .

FDA Approves Inhalable Version of Insulin

Diabetics are getting an alternative to the regular needle jabs of insulin they’ve endured since the discovery in the 1920s of the hormone that controls blood sugar levels. Pfizer Inc. hopes to begin selling Exubera, the first inhalable version of insulin to win federal approval, by midyear. Use of rapid-acting inhaled insulin will not replace the need to inject the hormone occasionally, the Food and Drug Administration said. It approved Exubera on Friday, a day after the multinational European Commission did so.

Still, I’ll believe it when I see it, and not even then. I’ll believe it when there isn’t a class action suit a year later.

4 thoughts on “Inhalable Insulin

  1. So are you saying you want to see how clinical trials and the first 10 years of the new insulin turn out before you risk your life on it, Augie?

    Not blaming you, btw. If I WERE diabetic, I’d definitely take a wait-and-see attitude.

    If there’s anything that disturbs me, it’s about how often science and tech gets marketed so fast that it seems the companies don’t take ENOUGH time to do trials before releasing new product/drugs to market.

    Sure, companies spend big money developing these things, but they can lose much more money in class-action lawsuits if they DON’T do enough testing.

    It does seem very prudent to wait and see how the new form of insulin works.

    You already know the tried-and-proven method is working out for you.

  2. As a person whose wife has to use insulin, I can honestly say that she will probably explore this medication. She finds that finding a new place to inject herself with insulin a very tedious and painful process.

  3. The promise of inhalable insulin has been around for as long as I’ve been diabetic — almost 19 years now. It’s right up there with the watch that will keep constant track of your blood sugar without taking blood. (That’s sorta out now, too, but with its own cavaets.)

    But as someone who has few problems controlling his sugar levels with the needles — as annoying as they might be — I’m not in any rush to get the latest and greatest. I’m in this for the long term, so I have a long term view of things, I suppose. I don’t know if that means waiting ten years. I’ll talk to my doctor about it this summer or next to see what she thinks.

    Watch — after I say all this, she’ll put me right on it this summer. heh

    I think the pump is proven and stable enough now to be considered, but I also think it’s overkill for me, and I don’t really want to be wearing one 24 hours a day, either. If I was an out of control diabetic, though, I’d jump all over it.

  4. In the wake of Vioxx I am hoping most companies are doing better dudiligence. I think the more options they come up with the better it will be for the paitents! Have may work!

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