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What To Know About Insulin Jet Injectors

Introduction Insulin jet injectors can allow people with diabetes to inject insulin without using a needle. However, many people shy away from these small devices because they can be expensive and complex to use. Read on to learn how they work and their pros and cons. Using a jet injector Insulin jet injectors typically contain three parts: the delivery device (shaped like a pen) a disposable injector nozzle a disposable insulin vial adapter The tiny opening at the end of the disposable injector nozzle usually measures less than 0.009 inches in diameter. This is the same measurement as the 32-gauge needle used in current insulin syringes. How you use it You load the pen by filling the insulin adapter with insulin. Once the device is loaded, you set the gauge to your prescribed insulin dose. Then, you place the device against your skin, typically in an area with some fatty tissue. A good spot could be your stomach, the front or side of your thigh, or the upper, outer section of your buttocks. When you press the button, the jet forces a high-pressure stream of insulin through the very tiny hole at the end of the disposable injector nozzle. The insulin turns into a vapor that passes t Continue reading >>

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  1. TomasHezan

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  2. Sideburnt

    Because when life saving medicine sits in the hands of Private financial institutions then greed and monopoly aren't far behind.
    The Canadian chap that was largely responsible for discovering how to mass produce insulin explicitly refused to patent it because he wanted insulin to be free to those who needed it. He'd be furious at the current system in some countries, and rightly so.

  3. KillerLag

    Actually, he did patent it, but sold it to the University of Toronto for 50 cents.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulin#Nobel_Prizes
    "The Nobel Prize committee in 1923 credited the practical extraction of insulin to a team at the University of Toronto and awarded the Nobel Prize to two men: Frederick Banting and J.J.R. Macleod.[68] They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1923 for the discovery of insulin. Banting, insulted that Best was not mentioned, shared his prize with him, and Macleod immediately shared his with James Collip. The patent for insulin was sold to the University of Toronto for one half-dollar."
    Edit: Related news article that happened to also come out today.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-drug-companies-keep-insulin-prices-high/

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