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'Exubera' insulin inhaler, United States, 2002-2007

It was hoped that insulin inhalers would be a safer and more convenient way for people with diabetes to regulate their insulin levels than by injection. Ten minutes before a meal, a person with diabetes inhales a cloud of insulin powder using this inhaler, brand name ‘Exubera’, to lower their blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, the ‘Exubera’ insulin inhaler did not meet users’ needs and was withdrawn from sale in October 2007.

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    Glossary: insulin

    A hormone that causes the body's cells to take up glucose from the blood. (Diabetes is the loss of control of the body's levels of insulin.)