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Insulin is one of the great breakthroughs for modern medicine. It's already
saving untold numbers of lives. But are these new forms of insulin really
something that will help patients?
Yes, says Rizza.
"Anything that makes insulin simpler and easier to take is a major step
forward," he says. "Many people's blood sugars are higher than need be.
But they wait too long to start taking insulin and subject their bodies to
harm. So anything that allows you to control your blood sugar sooner is likely
to be a benefit."
While the Oral-lyn product looks promising, Rizza notes that many other
products are working their way through the clinical trial process.
"A lot of imaginative ways have been come up with to get insulin into
the body," he says. "If they work out, it will be up to the individual
person to decide what form is most convenient."
Bernstein says that Oral-lyn will soon be licensed in Ecuador, where
diabetes researcher Jaime Guevara-Aguirre, MD, has been conducting clinical
studies. Within the year, Bernstein expects definitive clinical trials to begin
in Canada and in Europe. Still larger trials -- yet to be planned or even
funded -- would be needed for U.S. approval.