Novo Nordisk’s Improved FlexPen® Now Available in the U.S.

This press release is an announcement submitted by Novo Nordisk, and was not written by Diabetes Health.

"Although iInsulin pens are more popular in countries underused outside North Americain the U.S. versus other countries, the continuedbut new innovations we've seen with the FlexPen® may help meet the needs of people living with the challenges of this disease," said Bruce Bode, MD, FACE, of Atlanta Diabetes Associates.people make the switch.

Mar 18, 2009

Novo Nordisk has redesigned the FlexPen®, the number one selling pre-filled insulin pen in the world, to not only require less force when pushing the button to inject insulin, but also to clearly identify each type of insulin with prominent color branding. The FlexPen® is available with three Novo Nordisk insulin products: Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection); NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection); and NovoLog® Mix 70/30 (70% insulin aspart protamine suspension and 30% insulin aspart injection, [rDNA origin]).

The improved FlexPen® has enhanced color branding, with color-identifiable cartridge holders for each type of insulin. When the cap is removed, the entire portion under the cap is colored (green for Levemir®, orange for NovoLog®, and clear for NovoLog® Mix 70/30). Packaging for both sample and trade products has been redesigned to match the colors of the FlexPen®. The improvements will help patients, HCPs, and pharmacists easily identify their insulin.

Like the original FlexPen®, the improved FlexPen® allows users to set an appropriate dose and does not permit a dose larger than the amount of insulin remaining in the pen. It also allows dose corrections without loss of insulin and provides doses in one-unit increments up to 60 units per injection (each pen contains 300 units in total). The dose scale of the improved FlexPen® automatically returns to zero after each injection to allow visual confirmation of dose delivery. Like the original FlexPen®, once in use the FlexPen® does not require refrigeration (below 86° F) for up to 42 days with Levemir®, for up to 28 days with NovoLog®, and for up to 14 days with NovoLog® Mix 70/30.

"Although insulin pens are underused in the U.S. versus other countries, the continued innovation we've seen with the FlexPen® may help meet the needs of people living with the challenges of this disease," said Bruce Bode, MD, FACE, of Atlanta Diabetes Associates. 

The improved FlexPen® is now available nationwide and is covered by more than 90 percent of insurance plans. For more information about FlexPen®, click here. The prescribing information for the FlexPen® is available by contacting Novo Nordisk or visiting novonordisk-us.com.

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Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Novo Nordisk, Pens


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Posted by CoolLukeHand on 19 March 2009

When are they going to produce a Pen that tells you the time of your last injection and how much you took? Surely not too difficult or cumbersome or expensive and would remove completly the "did I or didn't I" questions at or after meal time.Probably not suitable for disposable pens but easy for pens like NovoPen 3. Also would be a huge help if anything goes wrong obviously...

Posted by Anonymous on 24 March 2009

We are currently in the 21st century and yet as a Type 1 for nearly 20 years, when will the cure be made available? This is MOST DISAPPOINTING!!!!!!!!!!!

These PENS being which I am an only a syringe believer is absolutely ridiculous. These things have been around for 20 something years. Is that all there is???
I ask again how about the CURE? ENOUGH with the Diabetes Paraphernalia!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous on 24 March 2009

Lilly has refillable pens that track the time and amount of the last dose.

Posted by Anonymous on 24 March 2009

To CoolHandLuke

Eli Lilly has had an insulin pen out for a couple of years called the HumaPen Memoir. It has a built in memory which records the date, time, and amount of your last 16 doses. It sounds like a great device and I wish all insulin pens had this feature. The only real problem that I know of with the Memoir is that it only works with Humalog insulin. Since my "other" takes Levemir and Novolog we can't use it. But I can't tell you how many times it would have come in handy. When you take insulin over a thousand times a year, there are always those "did I or didn't I, and how much did I take, and which kind did I take" moments.

Posted by Anonymous on 26 March 2009

I have a question about these Pens. After converting to the Flex Pen for Novalog recently, from using syringes ( MDI), I had HIGHER Blood Sugars, not the same or lower. Later I found that There is always a drop of Insulin remaining on the tip after withdrawl...Sometimes that drip is A Big Drop. When I called Norvartis and discussed with several different people, all claimed that it was not significant I asked if they ever did any test to determine the accuracy of the Pen? They said they did not..They had no test study available. Now It seems to me they did, but did not want to discuss it for whatever reasons.. I Did further testing and found that if these Pens are classified the same a Medical supplies, like the Test meters and The FDA says that test meters can be up to 20% Inaccurate. This means If one is taking 5 units x 20% = 1 unit off; taking 10 units = up to 2 units off. Now if you have a Sensitivity factor of say 50pts per 1 unit? You can be 50 points off on your Control 2 units = 100 points Even if they are Off by 1/2 unit per Injection? = 25 pts..on one's BG's..raising one's A1c's by a full 1%. And then, I always wondered when I Started using the Flexpen for Levemire over a Year ago and the erratic BG's I get from it.. and this could also be part of the problem as well.. The thought didn't occurre to me when I started using the Levemire Flexpen, since I was having problems using Lantus insulin prior too.. After asking others using the pen if they noticed this problem? Most did not, since either: A) They got started on the Pen and not syringes or B) Most had High Blood Sugars most of the time anyway and could not tell and never did notice making the switch... it was just Easier to use the Pens vs Syringes..and less Invasive both Physically and Mentally..  I found by Adding an Extra Unit on the selector gave me my usual Control I had with using syringes.. If there are any of you that may shed some more light on this subject? Please let me know by commenting here. I hope I am Wrong.. but when i get large Drops on the End of the Tip of the Pen Needle after withdrawing it out? It makes me wonder.. And then I add extra testing just to be sure and in most cases? I was Too high.. BTW..my last A1c was 5.8%  Thank you Dennis  T1, using Levemire and Novalog

Posted by Anonymous on 27 March 2009

I really didn't like the old flex pen for my levemir because it was too hard to inject. i have arthritis and you really had to push very hard to give the shot and it was impossible to inject in the arm with it. The new flepen is great I don't feel like I'm breaking my fingers to give and injection like before.Great improvement guys.


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