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After years of research, insulin pills that could make it easier for millions of patients worldwide to manage diabetes are finally moving ahead in clinical trials and a step closer to the medicine cabinet. Investigators are utilizing special coatings for insulin pills that prevent stomach acid from destroying them and additives that make it easier for the intestine to absorb large molecules like insulin. After years of setbacks, several insulin pills are now in various stages of clinical trials, and proof of concept may allow them to move into late-stage and more rigorous clinical testing. Only time will tell, however, whether these much-anticipated pills will make it to the market.

Source: American Chemical Society

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