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Fast-acting, inhaled insulin Afrezza approved by F.D.A.

Fast-Acting, Inhaled Insulin Afrezza Approved by F.D.A.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a fast-acting diabetes drug called Afrezza for use by adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

The drug is inhaled into the lungs using a small inhaler. MannKind Corporation, the creator of the medicine, calls it the Dreamboat Inhaler.

The medicine comes in powder form, and should be inhaled at the start of a meal. "Afrezza dissolves rapidly upon inhalation to the deep lung ... Peak insulin levels are achieved within 12 to 15 minutes of administration." (Via MannKind Corporation)

Of note: MannKind says the drug is not for smokers or those who suffer from asthma. Inhaling the medicine with certain lung conditions can cause spasms in the passages of the lungs. (Via Flickr / wlodi)

inhaled insulin Afrezza

Afrezza ran into several roadblocks before it received FDA approval - in fact, it had already failed to receive approval two times before.

KUSA reports "The approval was delayed more than three years, though, after the FDA asked the drug maker to run additional clinical studies."

The Los Angeles Times reports MannKind spent $1.8 billion developing Afrezza, of which "a large portion of money was used to fund more than 60 clinical trials, which have involved about 6,500 patients."

And The Wall Street Journal reports MannKind's founder had to use a lot of his own money to keep the company afloat after years of delays. "Al Mann invested a considerable amount of his own fortune in the belief that Afrezza will find a wide audience among the nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes."

MannKind says it will continue to study the long term effects of Afrezza. The company is looking for a marketing partner before the drug is made available to the public.

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SirWolfr1 June 29 2014 at 2:39 PM

I have always wondered if they actually want to cure diabetes. Considering how much $$ they make on medications, it would be like killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.


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Kate June 29 2014 at 3:59 PM

If this really works, it could be quite a boon to insulin-dependent diabetics. I've had diabetic friends, co-workers, and bosses all my life, and it is NOT fun to be giving yourself shots multiple times a day. It's also very expensive.

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Dick June 29 2014 at 5:33 PM

I hate to see how much it will cost in the open market!!! I take insulin and hope it works without causing some other problems with your health. I will wait and see how it is doing in a year or so and how much it costs then. It is too bad the FOOD MANUFACTURES don't get on the bandwagon with more foods for diabetics that don't cost a fortune!!!

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TommyD Dick June 29 2014 at 8:15 PM

Come on bud, look at the bright side and don't be negative. I agree with you about the food manufacturers but this is something positive for us. I still think all diabetes can be cured but hasn't been. That's a topic for another time. Did you notice how the FDA kicked this back twice and the inventor had to put up his own fortune to continue? Wonder why that happened? What if this man wasn't wealthy? This product still wouldn't be available and we may NEVER have heard of it.
Let's be thankful and see what happens.
God Bless.

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hynotman June 30 2014 at 5:03 AM

We need to SIMPLY create a culture of production and prosperity that doesn't NECESSITATE us sabotaging our own health in order to make a living...

It IS possible to thrive as a nation without CREATING new diseases DIRECTLY caused by the way we live!

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dal June 30 2014 at 5:58 AM

for most cases of diabetes the cure is .... Just push away from the table.

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lymanryan dal June 30 2014 at 3:53 PM

dal - you are an idiot

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oujoou June 29 2014 at 4:15 PM

Wow. The 'Dreamboat Inhaler.' I would want mine with like a pink dye or something interesting in the dust. I'd want my teeth to be stained so people could ask me about it. :) The comment below is super interesting. Whether researchers are actually looking for a cure . . .while they make a ton on the medications. As someone who has a condition that requires medicine . . . illnesses are a fun thing to have. At first it isn't. Then you start to grow fond of taking a pill every day. :) I'd be lost if I were healthy. :)

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bigred8690 June 30 2014 at 3:10 PM

Now what happens if someone with asthma is married to a diabetic and one of them grabs the wrong inhaler?

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rounseville0723 June 30 2014 at 7:17 AM

Why do you show a picture of someone who is using the inhaler improperly? You don't stick the end of the inhaler in your mouth.

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mouse June 30 2014 at 7:43 AM

Give any drug a name that implies it can be used illegally and sales will jump.

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Drew June 30 2014 at 7:48 AM

You MNKD shorts are screwed!

Congrats to all diabetics that now have a better alternative to controlling your A1C.

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