Thu, 12 Apr 2001 3:54 AEST
Diabetics may no longer have to inject themselves with insulin after scientists say they had developed a way of administering the drug using inhalers.
Scientists at the universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow in western Scotland, have developed and patented a simple and effective method of manufacturing protein-based drugs, such as insulin, in a form suitable for inhalation.
The manufacture of tiny protein-coated micro-crystals can pass through the lung wall and into the bloodstream, using dry powder inhalers similar to those used by asthma sufferers.
The new findings were unveiled at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
The breakthrough allows easy and highly cost-effective treatment to a range of diseases that normally require injections over a long time, according to the scientists who have been working on the project for the last two years.
The technology could also be used to treat many other diseases such as cystic fibrosis, osteoporosis, emphysema and multiple sclerosis.