New York (ots/PRNewswire) -
- WSJ/Professor Pedro Nueno: "The drug could encourage diabetes
sufferers to get treatment earlier and more often. This has such a
tremendous advantage for a huge number of people worldwide. It is a
- PharmaBarometer: "Despite only being launched into the German
market in May 2006, it has been immediately endorsed by
diabetologists as the most innovative product of the year."
Pfizer announced today that Exubera, the world's first inhalable,
non-injectable insulin, has garnered two prestigious awards for
innovation. In the United States, The Wall Street Journal recognized
Exubera with the bronze award overall and first in the biotechnology
and medical category as a technological breakthrough. In Germany,
Exubera was "immediately endorsed by diabetes experts as being the
most innovative diabetes medicine of 2006," according to the
healthcare publication PharmaBarometer.
"At Pfizer, we take pride in developing innovative medicines that
help people live healthier lives. Exubera is a perfect example of
medical innovation because it is the first time in over 80 years that
people with diabetes have the option of using a non-injectable
insulin," said Dr. Michael Berelowitz, Pfizer Worldwide Medical. "We
know the effective management of blood sugar control can help
patients avoid devastating diabetes complications such as blindness,
amputation and kidney failure. Exubera offers patients an important
option in starting and continuing their insulin therapy."
Exubera is the first insulin and biotechnology-based medicine to
treat a systemic disorder that can be administered without an
injection. Exubera is the only inhaled insulin to be approved for use
in clinical practice in the European Union, US, Brazil and Mexico,
and it is under regulatory review in several other countries. Its
development took over 15 years and involved experts from diverse
scientific disciplines including biological, chemical, mechanical,
manufacturing, fluid engineering, physics and even aeronautical
engineers. In addition to these awards, Exubera has also been
recognized as an innovative therapy by the 2005 Yearbook of
Endocrinology, Popular Science ("Best of What's New" award) and
Prevention magazine ("Eight Medical Breakthroughs").
Exubera is a rapid-acting powdered insulin that is inhaled through
the mouth prior to eating, using the handheld Exubera(R) Inhaler. The
unique Exubera(R) Inhaler produces a standing cloud of insulin
powder, which is designed to pass rapidly into the bloodstream to
regulate the body's blood sugar levels.
In the U.S., Exubera is approved for the treatment of adults with
type 1 or type 2 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar levels.
In patients with type 2 diabetes, Exubera can be used alone or in
combination with diabetes pills or longer-acting insulin. In patients
with type 1 diabetes, Exubera should be used in combination with a
In the European Union, Exubera is indicated for the treatment of
adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus not adequately
controlled with oral anti-diabetic agents and requiring insulin
therapy. Exubera is also indicated for the treatment of adult
patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, in addition to long or
intermediate acting insulin, for whom the potential benefits of
adding inhaled insulin outweigh the potential safety concerns.
Exubera is marketed by Pfizer and is a product of a developmental
collaboration between Pfizer and Nektar Therapeutics.
Important Safety Information about Exubera
Patients should not take Exubera if they have poorly controlled or
unstable lung disease, or if they smoke or have stopped smoking less
than six months prior to starting Exubera treatment. If a patient
starts smoking or resumes smoking, he or she must stop using Exubera
and see a health care provider about a different treatment.
In clinical trials, mean treatment group differences between
Exubera and comparators showed that Exubera was associated with
small, nonprogressive declines in lung function relative to
Before starting treatment with Exubera, a healthcare professional
will carory out a simple test to check lung function. This will help
to find out if Exubera is the right treatment for individual
patients. Once a patient starts treatment, it is recommended that a
health care provider check lung function again at six months and
Like all medicines, Exubera can cause side effects. As with all
forms of insulin, a possible side effect of Exubera is low blood
sugar levels. Some patients have reported a mild cough while taking
Exubera, which tended to occur within seconds to minutes after
Exubera inhalation. Coughing occurred less frequently as patients
continued to use Exubera.
For more information about Exubera, please visit
Web site: http://www.pfizer.com
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