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Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2000 Aug 31;42(3):239-48.

Pulmonary delivery of drugs for bone disorders.

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Inhale Therapeutics Systems, 150 Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA 94070, USA. patton@inhale.com

Abstract

As the population ages, osteoporosis becomes a growing public health concern. Current treatments provide patients with limited clinical improvement, numerous side effects, and no cure. The naturally-occurring peptides calcitonin and parathyroid hormone, which regulate bone metabolism, offer alternative treatment options. Clinical studies indicate the usefulness of calcitonin and parathyroid hormone in osteoporosis and Paget's disease of bone. For the peptides to become viable therapies, formulations must be developed that bypass the need for injection. Pulmonary delivery of calcitonin and parathyroid hormone appears likely in the near future.

PMID:
10963838
DOI:
10.1016/s0169-409x(00)00064-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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