Inhaled Insulin Offers Diabetics Freedom from Shots

An inhaled insulin device made by MannKind Corp proved more effective than injected and oral treatments in trials, potentially improving the quality of life for millions of diabetics.

An inhaled insulin device made by MannKind Corp proved more effective than injected and oral treatments in trials, potentially improving the quality of life for millions of diabetics and creating a multi-billion dollar opportunity for the company.

MannKind shares rose as much as 27 percent in morning trade.

The product, Afrezza, is a whistle-sized inhaler that delivers powdered insulin to adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Given the ease of use compared with regular insulin shots, it has the potential to capture a big share of the global insulin market.

The number of diabetics worldwide is projected to cross half a billion by 2030. According to a July report by Transparency Market Research, the global insulin market is expected to reach $32 billion in 2018.

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Source: Reuters