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Inhaled Insulin

An experimental insulin delivery method being tested at City of Hope may offer millions of people with diabetes a new option for treatment besides insulin injections. A 12-month clinical trial led by principal investigator Wei Fung, MD, is underway at the Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldshmied) Diabetes and Genetic Research Center to test the alternative: an inhalant that delivers a dry-powdered insulin to the patientís lungs. During the trial, patients will report on such quality-of-life issues as the ease of using an inhalant instead of injections. When the patient is ready to use insulin, they insert a package containing the correct dosage into an inhaler and administer the medication. The use of an inhaled insulin delivery system could provide a freedom that may prove invaluable to people with diabetes.

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Darrin Joy
1998 Annual Report, Press Release
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