When I was attending the IDF World Diabetes Congress last month, I came across a few products from a company based in the States, called Generex. They are involved in research and development of drug delivery systems, but not through the usual ways that we know of. Basically instead of by injection, they are developing drugs that are taken via the lining of the inner mouth (RapidMist™ device). Not only will their products be used for diabetes, but also for pain management and cancers.
One of their major products they are introducing to the market is an oral insulin (Generex Oral-lyn™). This is used for both Type 1 and 2 diabetics and is currently sold in Ecuador. It was also approved for sale in Indian back in 2007, and currently is in various stages of clinical development around the world. Right now, Phase III clinical trials of their oral insulin has startied in North America, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and the Ukraine.
Can you imagine, not having to inject anymore? I would be very interested in seeing more information on their product as it comes out. So, if I do come across anything to share with you all, hopefully you'll be as interested as I am.
The other product that I came across and managed to get a few samples of (with the Oral-lyn™ I managed to get a squeezy stress toy ) - is Glucose RapidSpray™. You may have seen this in the American market already, but it is new to us here in Canada. This product can be used to treat a low blood sugar, and claims not to cause a rapid spike in the blood sugars, like some other products do (I tend to find I spike up, due to taking too much sugar). I tested it out finally last night, when waking up around 04h30 with a blood sugar reading of 2.9 mmol/l (52 mg/dl). I followed the simple instructions, and sprayed 10 times inside of my cheek, retested my blood sugar in about 10 minutes (3.1 mmol/l - 55 mg/dl) - sprayed 10 times more (I had strawberry flavour - yum) - and trotted off to bed at that point. When I woke up in the morning, my blood sugar, was at 4.0 mmol/l (72 mg/dl) - and I have to admit, I was pretty pleased with the results!
To find out more about other products that Generex has (e.g. BaBoom!™ and Crave-NX) - check out their website at this link.