Some overwhelming numbers related in this interview with Eric Thomlinson: there are 340 million people with diabetes and, if I heard correctly, 4000 new cases diagnosed every day…? A major hurdle to treatment is the prescription of insulin shots, which Altea Thereputics appears to want to solve with patch applicators. The convenience of patch applicators is readily apparent. Some drawbacks of patch applicators for other drugs (nicotine) have appeared in recent years, however: children handling or chewing discarded patches, increased garbage and groundwater contamination from the much higher concentration of drugs in patches, drug residue left on the skin and clothes that any stranger–or infant–can absorb thru their own skin.
Taking insulin shots, multiple a day, is something I’m grateful I don’t have to do. However–some day I might.