Needle-Free Insulin Injector Breezes Through FDA

| Dec 1, 1998

Many companies are competing in the race to painless injections. One of the first to cross the finish line is National Medical Products (NMP), maker of the J-Tip needle-free injector. NMP says the J-Tip, currently available, "delivers insulin virtually pain free and without damaging blood vessels."

According to Koe Patel of NMP's marketing department, the FDA has approved the sale of the J-Tip and several insurance companies already cover it. It still awaits Medicare approval.

The J-Tip has a cartridge of stored, compressed gas, which is released when its trigger is pushed. The pressure opens a tiny hole in the skin for the insulin to enter the body.

People with diabetes will receive a transporter unit with the J-Tip. Insulin bottles are attached to the transporter, which then allows measurement of the correct dosage. The transporter unit stays on the insulin bottle for storage. Mixing of insulin is also possible with the new device.

Made of plastic, the J-Tip is disposable and is good for only one use. According to Chris Ozols, a production engineer at NMP, it can be recycled at home along with other plastics, as usually no blood appears.

Each J-Tip injector costs about $1.50. The transporter unit, which costs about $1, can be used for about five to six injections. Thus, the approximate cost per injection with the J-Tip is about $1.70.

For more information call National Medical Products at (949) 768-1147 or visit their Web site www.jtip.com.

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Categories: Diabetes, Government & Policy, Insulin


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