Insulin Pills For Diabetes Now In Clinical Trials
By Mike Boyle

 

For years, drug manufacturers have tried to develop oral insulin for people with diabetes without much success.

Now after years of research, several insulin pills are in various stages of clinical trials, which no doubt will be music to the ears of the millions of diabetes patients worldwide who inject insulin, the hormone that helps to bring their blood sugar to within normal levels.

Problems scientists have had in the past with developing oral insulin came from the fact that stomach acids and enzymes easily destroy insulin and other protein-based drugs, reports Medical News Today.

However, scientists have now developed special coatings for insulin pills that prevent stomach acid from destroying them. They are also using additives that make it easier for the intestine to absorb large molecules like insulin.

Read much more on the status of oral insulin and the clinical trials from Chemical & Engineering News.


Originally posted June 4, 2010.