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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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