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Exubera unpopular in Germany

The Institute of Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), the German equivalent of NICE, has completed a Rapid Review of Inhaled Insulin (Exubera)®.

The report aimed to compare inhaled insulin to subcutaneous insulin over several patient-relevant endpoints including HbA1c control, quality of life, treatment satisfaction, hypoglycaemia, adverse drug events and prevention of complications.

The report concluded that:

IQWiG recommend that additional work needs to be undertaken in these areas to allow a more conclusive evaluation to be completed.

Action: Clinicians involved in treating diabetes may wish to be aware of the latest reviews of inhaled insulin. A Technology Appraisal from NICE is due in October 2006.