Apidra SoloSTAR Pen Now Available in the United States

Always make sure to double-check the labeling to prevent giving yourself the wrong type (short-acting vs. long-acting) of insulin.

Apr 28, 2009

Insulin pens have been very popular in Europe for quite some time and interest is building steadily in the United States. Many people prefer an insulin pen over the standard syringe and vial because the pens are more convenient and more accurate.  Pre-filled disposable insulin pens are the easiest of all, because you don't never have to install a new cartridge when the pen is empty-you just toss it out.

In a study funded by Novo Nordisk, researchers at Ohio State University found that type 2s who move from oral meds to insulin would be wise to start with an insulin pen rather than a syringe. It was not because the pens cost less than syringes and vials but rather because type 2s who start their insulin with pens end up requiring much less medical care.

Apidra SoloSTAR, a pre-filled disposable pen containing the rapid-acting insulin Apidra, is now available in the United States. Apidra can be used by adults and children four years and older with type 1 diabetes or adults with type 2 diabetes

Apidra SoloSTAR follows the launch of Lantus SoloSTAR which became available in 2007. The two insulin pens are designed with different colors and tactile differences to help patients tell the difference between them. Nevertheless, before using either pen, patients should carefully examine the labeling to make sure they are taking the correct type of insulin.  

For more information on Apidra or Apidra SoloSTAR visit www.Apidra.com

For more information on Lantus or Lantus SoloSTAR® please visit www.Lantus.com.

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Categories: Apidra, Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Lantus, Novo Nordisk, Pens, Type 1 Issues, Type 2 Issues

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Posted by Xerelda on 5 May 2009

I take Apidra and Lantus. I've always used syringes and have a few questions about pens. I assume you have to load a new needle every time. Isn't that cumbersome? How much insulin is in a vial that fills a pen compared to one like I use? Same amount? More? Less? I use a 31 guage needle now. What are the pen needle sizes like? Similar? The pens look kind of cool. Do they come in pink or purple?

Posted by Florian on 5 May 2009

Its about time that the pen for Apidra is available. When I was using Apidra in my pump I carried a Humalog Pen as an emergency back up. My endo didn't like that so I switched to Novolog and carry a Novolog Pen as a backup. Fortunately I didn't have to use the pen but I had it just in case.

Posted by Anonymous on 7 May 2009

We've had the apidra solostar pen in Australia for over a year now. As a diabetes educator I've only heard good things about pens, although one lady the other day told me she prefers the lantus cartridge to the solostar pen as it is easier to inject.

to answer the question about dosage and needles - the pens hold 300units and you should take the needle off after injecting and put a new one on just before the next dose but it's a pretty simple procedure, mush easier than drawing up with a syringe. the needles also come in a range of sizes for different sized people :)

Posted by Anonymous on 25 December 2009

I switched from a syringe and vial to the Lantus solostar and am only sorry that I waited as long as I did to do this. I use a 31 gauge short needle which is changed for every shot. It is virtually painless and I do not fear giving myself a shot as I previously did.

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