New insulin pill to manage diabetes: scientists

University of California Scientists, Santa Barbara, the new drug can provide a more effective dose and help patients who find injections uncomfortable.

"When you deliver insulin by injection, it goes first through the peripheral bloodstream and then to blood circulation in the liver," explained Samir Mitragotri of UC, Santa Barbara.

He added that oral delivery would take a more direct route.

Producing an oral medication to deliver insulin in Diabetic patients has been a major challenge for scientists because of the difficulty of getting the medication past the proteolytic environment of the stomach and intestine without destroying the protein itself.
In order to resolve the problem, scientists have introduced a combination of enteric-coated capsules and insulin-loaded mucoadhesive polymer patches to the new pill.
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