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Inhaled Insulin Approved

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:14pm

A Food and Drug Administration panel recommended approving the first inhaled form of insulin (Exubera).

They're giving it the go-ahead despite questions about what how it might affect people with lung disease or those exposed to secondhand smoke. That makes me a bit nervous, because those and other concerns exist, too.

However, in theory, studies on long-term effects of Exubera are proposed to go until 2019, Yahoo reports.

"We understand the need to assess the long-term effects on pulmonary function," Dr. Neville Jackson of Pfizer told the press.

Well, that sounds promising -- at at least they're looking into it further to find out about more side effects.

Frankly, I'm always puzzled by stories that purport to help people with diabetes -- and yet, you find NO mention of the role the patient plays in all of this!

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