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May 13, 2000

Insulin

Question from British Columbia, Canada:

I heard recently that it is now possible to replace insulin injections with a pill, but trials could only able be started in a couple of years. Is this true? If so, why can the trial only be started in a couple of years?

Answer:

Type 1 diabetes is an insulin dependent condition and, at present, the only way to reliably give insulin is by injection. A number of other delivery methods are being trialed including inhaled insulin but none have yet come to market.

KJR