Oramed Pharmaceuticals Launches Phase 1A Trials of its Insulin Suppository
News Oct 31, 2008
Oramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it has received approval from the South Africa Medicines Control Council (MCC) to begin conducting Phase 1A trials on eight healthy human volunteers for ORMD 0802, the company’s newly developed insulin suppository.
Oramed's Phase 1A trials on its insulin suppository mark an important step in the history of insulin delivery as it will provide a painless option for diabetics who seek an alternative to current delivery methods. An insulin suppository is especially important for small children and seniors, who often struggle with injections.
“The Phase 1A trial of our insulin suppository is a natural expansion of Oramed’s pursuit and development of alternative insulin delivery systems,” said Oramed’s CEO, Nadav Kidron. “By creating an insulin suppository, Oramed hopes to ensure that diabetics will be able to receive insulin in the form which is most suitable to their lifestyle and/or age.”
This Phase 1A trial follows Oramed’s announcement of its successful Phase 2A clinical trials on its oral insulin capsule, ORMD 0801, which demonstrated that the product has a strong safety profile and was well tolerated, as well as being effective in lowering blood glucose levels, in patients with type 2 diabetes.