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With escalating healthcare costs, changes to the regulatory control on pharmaceutical industries and the inevitable adjustments made in policies and investment in healthcare there is enormous interest in the commercial as well as the scientific aspects of today's healthcare industry.

The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare provides an authoritative analysis of the current (and anticipated) developments in the global healthcare industries. Providing a unique perspective that interfaces between the science and business aspects, it combines information on the latest scientific developments with applied, commercial business data from the global marketplace.

The Handbook focuses on the aspects of paramount importance in the healthcare sector: Pharmacoeconomics; Pharmacogenomics; Therapeutics; Diagnostics

Areas covered include: The role of nanotechnology, genomics and cell therapy in medicine; Diagnostics; Biomarkers and technological advances; Case studies in oncology ...

Impact of Inhaled Insulin on the Insulin Market
Impact of inhaled insulin on the insulin market
Introduction

There is considerable need for an insulin delivery system that will eliminate the requirement for multiple daily injections in type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients. Recognition of this need has prompted several companies to begin developing less-invasive methods of insulin administration. The first of these alternative methods is an inhaled formulation of rapid-acting insulin, Pfizer's Exubera, launched in the US market in September 2006. The advent of this technology has the potential to impact the insulin market significantly by adding new players and may change medical practice as barriers to the initiation of insulin therapy are lowered.

This chapter provides an overview of current insulin therapy, including various delivery devices, ...

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