FDA Approves Lantus SoloStar®: A New Prefilled Disposable Insulin Pen For Use With LANTUS® In People With Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes

New Delivery Method Available for LANTUS® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)

| May 5, 2007

When it comes to administering insulin, many people prefer an insulin pen over the standard syringe and vial because they find pens more convenient and more accurate.  And pre-filled disposable pens are easiest of all, because you don’t have to install a new cartridge when the pen is empty­–you just toss it out.

Soon there’ll be a new player in the disposable pre-filled pen market: Sanofi-aventis’s SoloStar disposable pen comes pre-filled with Lantus, the long-acting insulin that’s injected once daily.  The pen, which can administer doses from one to eighty units per injection, needs to be refrigerated until first use; after that, it’s fine at room temperature for up to 28 days.

A recent study indicated that the SoloStar’s injection force is about thirty percent less than other popular disposable pens.  Another study (sponsored by sanofi-aventis) pitted SoloStar against two other established pens. Most of the 510 patients in the study preferred the SoloStar with regard to design and esthetics. In addition, more of them were able to correctly prepare the pen and perform an injection when using SoloStar.

Sanofi-aventis expects the SoloStar pen to hit pharmacies sometime this year. 

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Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Lantus, Pens, Syringes, Type 1 Issues, Type 2 Issues

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Posted by Anonymous on 31 January 2008

Just starting using the solo star for 3 weeks now. I was reluctant to prepare the pen & inject myself (big sissy i guess) but its easy plus the needle poke is less painful than the finger poke. Plus i feel alot better these last couple of weeks since using insulin. Would recommend this product to anyone afraid to start insulin injections. No big deal.

Posted by Anonymous on 19 February 2008

I like the pen. Although-it would be nice if we did not have to test all the time. At 100.00 a month on a fixed income and my insurance company doesn't pay for test strips nor the needles. What do we do? Insurance pays for everything else?

Posted by Anonymous on 8 September 2008

I am having trouble trying to put on a new cartridge. How do I remove the old and install a new one? There are instuction for putting the needles on but not the cartridge. Please help!

Posted by Anonymous on 22 September 2008

The instruction seems to emphasize "do not put the pen back to refrigerator after first use". I wonder what would happen if it is put back to refigerator. I always feel it is safer if refrigerated.
Also, if I run out of needle, it should be OK to use a regular insulin syringe to withdraw lantus from the pen.
Any comments?

Posted by Anonymous on 11 October 2008

Been using it for a month now. The needles supplied here in Oz are great. I just select an area of my stomach (lot to choose from) & let the needle slide in no force required. The only problem I have had is the dosage, my GP siad to start at 10 the increase by 2, bur this for me was a waste of time. I went for 5 then 10 then units increase. Currently on 120 per day which my GP has split 80M 40N I don't like this as there is no reference to dose splitting in the literature I have read. Will update later after I browbeat my GP.

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