Researchers find a way to stabilize insulin, vaccines at room temperature

8/21/2008

GAITHERSBURG, Md. Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that they have developed technology to stabilize protein drugs for storage at room temperature, according to reports.

Protein drugs have historically been stabilized through freeze-drying and coating with special sugars. The researchers said the new technology will make testing formulations and stabilizing such drugs as insulin and vaccines easier, and will also be important in parts of the world where refrigeration is scarce or nonexistent.

The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.

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