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Is An Insulin Pen Right For You?

Thinking About Trying an Insulin Pen? For decades, taking insulin required a syringe and a vial. Another option for taking insulin began about 20 years ago when the first insulin pen hit the market. Insulin pens, which look like oversize ink pens, generally contain 300 units of one type of insulin or a fixed combination of two insulins. The pen is a convenient, accurate, and discreet way to take insulin. The ability to quickly and easily deliver a dose of insulin wherever and whenever you need is the pen's biggest advantage. Also, if you lack dexterity in your fingers, an insulin pen might be easier for you to manage than a vial and syringe. "When a person's health plan will cover pens, I try to prescribe them," says cardiologist Steven Nash, M.D., of Manlius, New York. "I think they're much easier to use than syringes." Insulin pens are also great for traveling because they're small and can be kept at room temperature. "My insulin pen has made taking insulin easier," says Marsha LaClair, 41, of Austin, Texas, who has type 1 diabetes. "I travel frequently, and now packing to manage my diabetes is a breeze." Reusable and Disposable Pens Insulin pens fall into two categories: reusabl 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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