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May 11, 2005

Inhaled Insulin

Question from Nicosia, Cyprus:

Can the inhaled insulin, Exubera, be used by children under 6?

Answer:

Inhaled insulin is not yet available and has not been tested on very young children. In theory, as long as the child could learn to use the inhalers to administer the insulin, it could be used and absorbed. There is not much reason to expect that the lungs of younger children would absorb insulin any differently than older children or adults, but further testing would be required to know this for sure. Similarly, long term safety effects of inhaled insulin are not known, even for teens and adults.

SB