WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MannKind Corporation (MNKD) today announced additional positive Afrezza clinical data to be presented in an oral presentation on Thursday, February 21, 2019 and a poster on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the 12th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD 2019).
“The data to be presented provide additional insight into the pharmacodynamic effects produced by the ultra-rapid pharmacokinetic profile of inhaled Afrezza insulin compared to those associated with subcutaneous rapid acting insulin,” stated Dr. David Kendall, Chief Medical Officer of MannKind. “By delivering a time-action profile closer to that of physiologic insulin action, post-prandial glucose levels and other markers of glycemic control were significantly improved compared to injected insulin in meal-challenge tests in patients with type 2 diabetes.”
Other data presented at this meeting showed that the pulmonary function of patients with diabetes is more impacted by factors such as high body mass index, elevated HbA1c levels and the time since onset of diabetes than by the effect of inhaled insulin. Kendall added “we believe that these and other recently published data significantly advance our understanding of the treatment opportunity that Afrezza therapy can offer.”
Oral Presentation Highlights
Ultra-rapid profile of insulin human inhalation powder mimics time-action profile of physiologic absorption of glucose from mixed-meal tolerance tests in type 2 diabetes
Marshall Grant, Senior Director, Head of Pharmaceutical Research, MannKind Corporation
This analysis was based on a randomized cross-over mixed-meal tolerance test study in type 2 diabetes and conducted to determine how the ultra-rapid PK/PD profile of Afrezza affects various facets of glucose control
Compared to subcutaneous rapid-acting insulin, the ultra-rapid PK profile of Afrezza resulted in:
Poster Presentation Highlights
Diabetes Duration, BMI, and HbA1c Have Greater Effects on Pulmonary Function (PF) Than Inhaled Technosphere® Insulin (Encore, previously presented at EASD)
Frank Pompilio, PharmD, VP, Medical Affairs, MannKind Corporation
Data from a pulmonary function (PF) study of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes was utilized to compare the effects of diabetes duration, body mass index (BMI), and HbA1c on baseline PF and changes in PF during 24 months of treatment between patients receiving Afrezza and those receiving usual care.
The magnitude of Afrezza’s effect on FEV1 was comparable to those normally associated with diabetes-related factors such as high BMI, elevated HbA1c and long-standing diabetes
About ATTD Annual Meeting
The ATTD is a scientific program that brings leading international experts together to discuss breakthroughs in diabetes treatments, technological innovations and showcase the latest developments in new insulin analogues, delivery systems, pumps, glucose sensors, closed-loop systems and much more.
Available by prescription, Afrezza® (insulin human) Inhalation Powder is a rapid-acting inhaled insulin indicated to improve glycemic control in adult patients with diabetes mellitus. Afrezza consists of a dry powder formulation of human insulin delivered from a small and portable inhaler. Administered at the beginning of a meal, Afrezza dissolves rapidly upon inhalation to the lung and passes quickly into the bloodstream (in less than one minute). This rapid absorption allows Afrezza to begin reducing blood sugar levels within about 12 minutes of administration. Afrezza is available in 4-unit, 8-unit and 12-unit single-dose cartridges of insulin powder that can be used, as prescribed by a health care professional, in combination with other diabetes medications to achieve target blood sugar levels. For Afrezza doses exceeding 12 units, patients may use a combination of existing cartridge strengths. For more information on Afrezza, please visit www.afrezza.com.
MannKind Corporation (MNKD) focuses on the development and commercialization of inhaled therapeutic products for patients with diseases such as diabetes and pulmonary arterial hypertension. MannKind is currently commercializing Afrezza® (insulin human) Inhalation Powder, the Company's first FDA-approved product and the only inhaled rapid-acting mealtime insulin in the United States, where it is available by prescription from pharmacies nationwide. MannKind is headquartered in Westlake Village, California, and has a state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Danbury, Connecticut. The Company also employs field sales and medical representatives across the U.S. For further information, visit www.mannkindcorp.com.
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