Is there a pill that can take the place of the shot?

Patty Bonsignore


Insulin is a large molecule made up of proteins and must be taken as an injection because if swallowed the acids in the stomach would break down the proteins and cause the insulin to be ineffective. An inhaled insulin was developed several years ago and was available for less than 2 years before it was pulled off the market for poor sales and some concerns that it caused an increase in lung cancer. Research continues on alternative ways to administer insulin, such as via skin patches, inhalers and nasal sprays, but none are close enough for introduction onto the market any time soon.

February 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm