Afresa: Waiting to Inhale

Shares of the company’s stock have taken a nosedive.

| Oct 8, 2009

So close, and yet so far.  It looks like there will be no marketing partnership for MannKind's ultra rapid-acting insulin product Afresa anytime soon.  The company had planned to enter into a deal with a large pharmaceutical company by the end of this year, but now approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their inhaled insulin won't be until January 2010, at the earliest.

"We believe that we and our potential partners will be better able to address appropriate deal terms and structure once the label for AFRESA is clarified. Since we do not expect a response from the FDA before January 2010, we believe that we will not conclude a deal before the end of 2009", says MannKind Corp in a regulatory filing dated Tuesday October 6, 2009.

Shares of the company's stock have taken a nosedive.

Considering the first FDA-approved inhaled insulin, Exubera, was pulled from the market because of poor sales, it will be very interesting to see just how successful Afresa may be. MannKind believes that their product's unique formulation, which alters the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the drug as compared to previous attempts at inhaled insulin, puts them in a different category altogether. But for now, don't hold your breath.

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Posted by Anonymous on 8 October 2009

This is absolute garbage.This could seriously harm peoples lungs and other important tissues surrounding it.

To those animals who created this is try this on yourselves and your friends and family members and let us know in 10 years time if your lungs are functioning in full capacity.

To all my Diabetic friends out there DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT. They just want your money they don't care about your well being.

Shame on Diabetes Health for advertising
this garbage. Type 1's need a cure it is now past due.

Posted by Pat on 9 October 2009

It is interesting to see this article about he nhaled insulin. Two of the problems whith Exerbara were the cost and large instrument which one had to use to inhale. If this company can overcome this, I would be willing to try it as it sounds like a very efficient way or taking a short acting insulinwith quick body response

Posted by Anonymous on 2 November 2009

Hey if it works i say go for it yes there maybe some problems but if i can inhale it and have good blood sugars then that's better then a shot keep working on solutions but do need acure come on Bill Gates help the fight for a Diabetes cure !

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