Long-awaited insulin inhaler approved

March 6, 2006

For diabetic patients reluctant to use insulin for fear of daily injections, their prayers may have been answered. Following years of setbacks and delays, the first new insulin delivery option in more than 80 years, Exubera (insulin human [rDNA origin]) Inhalation Powder from Pfizer Inc., received Food & Drug Administration approval in late January for the treatment of adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.