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Two types of modern, pre-filled insulin syringes. An insulin pen is used to inject insulin for the treatment of diabetes. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. It is composed of an insulin cartridge (integrated or bought separately) and a dial to measure the dose, and is used with disposable pen needles to deliver the dose. It was introduced and marketed as NovoPen by the Danish company Novo Nordisk in 1985. Types of pens[edit] A number of companies make insulin pens including Novo Nordisk, Aventis, Eli Lilly and Biocon. These companies produce pens for most of their insulins, including NovoLog/NovoRapid, Humalog, Levemir and Lantus. There are two pen systems: durable and prefilled: A durable pen uses a replaceable insulin cartridge. When the insulin cartridge is empty, the empty cartridge is disposed of and a new one is inserted in the pen. A prefilled pen is entirely disposable. The pen comes pre-filled with insulin, and when the insulin cartridge or reservoir is empty, the entire unit is discarded. Most brands of insulin are now available for use in pens, these include: NovoMix, NovoRapid and Levemir by Novo Nordisk Lantus and Apidra by Sanofi-Aventis Humulin and Humalo Continue reading >>

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  1. Knob Creek

    Vial and syringe vs prefilled pen

    I currently use lantus solostar pens and novolog flex pens and I'm considering changing to vial and syringe if it can save me money.
    I understand there would be an inconvenience factor involved with a switch like this, particularly since I dose twice a day with the lantus and 2-4 times per day with the novolog. It's also true that I don't have to travel so much theses days and will be home much of the time.
    I'm still trying to figure out the cost difference on the drug website (express scripts) but I was wondering if any of you made the switch from prefilled pens to vial/syringe and how that change worked out for you?
    Thanks

  2. Tamagno

    Personally, I pump and my only experiences with syringes were with a diabetic cat and my mother.
    That said, there's not that much difference, really, if you can see the markings on the syringe clearly.
    And, syringes are better if you find yourself giving very small or precise injections involving fractions of a unit that most pens won't allow.
    The old diabetic's friend, Dr. Bernstein, personally prefers syringes even over pumps.
    You'll have different medical supplies and waste, however, and will have to be sure to bend needle tips on disposal.
    I don't know the current cost of syringes. Good idea to be sure its actually a savings. Novolog is expensive. One place to save would be to switch to Humalog for your short acting insulin. I actually prefer it and use it in my pump. All the hospitals I've been in use it.
    Good luck and keep us posted. A lot of us facing mandated downgrades in insurance may be doing the same.

  3. gfaith

    I think it is about a wash between pens and vials of Lantus. The vials have 1000 units and the pens (5) add up to 1500 units. Then syringes are about $ 20.00 per 90 and the needles for the pens are about twice that cost or $ 40.00 ish.
    You might find lower cost but that has been my take. I just got my PA to give me a Rx of both as I will be traveling soon and pens will be easier then.

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