Insulin Needle Wins Design Prize, But You Can't Buy It in the States

| Feb 1, 2011

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture has announced its 60th annual Good Design Awards, which honor "quality design of the highest form, function, and aesthetic." Guess which paragon of contemporary design won an award this year? An insulin needle. Called the NovoTwist and made by Novo Nordisk for use with insulin pens, this marvel of design has a bayonet fitting that allows "just twist" attachment and detachment to compatible pens, and an audible and tactile "click" that confirms attachment of the needle.

And guess what country it's not available in? The USA. The NovoTwist has been launched in South Africa, Italy, Turkey, and Thailand, clearly all bastions of good design appreciation. Or maybe we're not at the front of the queue because too few Americans use insulin pens instead of syringes.

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Categories: Insulin, Novo Nordisk, Pen Needles, Pens, Type 1 Issues


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Posted by Ambre_NovoNordisk on 2 February 2011

Hi Linda,

The NovoTwist needle is indeed available in the U.S. and has been since mid-January (after the award was granted). Patients can ask their doctors for a prescription for NovoTwist and should be able to get it at most pharmacies in the U.S. We'll reach back out to you in the next few weeks with additional details.

Best,
Ambre Morley
Associate Director, Product Communications
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Princeton, NJ

Posted by Ambre_NovoNordisk on 2 February 2011

Hi Linda,

The NovoTwist needle is indeed available in the U.S. and has been since mid-January (after the award was granted). Patients can ask their doctors for a prescription for NovoTwist and should be able to get it at most pharmacies in the U.S. We'll reach back out to you in the next few weeks with additional details.

Best,
Ambre Morley
Associate Director, Product Communications
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Princeton, NJ

Posted by Anonymous on 3 February 2011

That's incredible. What an achievement! Another way to stick myself.

Posted by Anonymous on 22 June 2012

I still can't find NovoTwist replacement needles anywhere. Walgreen's does not stock them and states unavailable at distributor. CVS ditto.

So exactly where am I supposed to be able to buy them ?


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