May 29, 2024


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Advances in Insulin Pen Technology


Dhiren Patel, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, BCACP: Insulin supply by means of the pen is probably the most frequent. Then, we have distinct supply mechanisms, these as patch pumps, vials and syringes, and we also have it by way of insulin pumps, which we’re going to dive deeper into later on. Nevertheless, the a lot more remarkable types that I discover of interest are connected insulin pens and sensible pens. Diana, can you discuss about what you see in the landscape close to linked insulin pens, your encounter with the kinds that we do have, and what excites you pertaining to the future products and solutions that we’re listening to about but are not rather right here but?

Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDCES: Yes. The truth is most persons using insulin right now are utilizing insulin pens for vials. In conditions of all those making use of insulin pens, most of them are working with that type of normal, what you could even call a legacy insulin pen, anything that dials an accurate dose but doesn’t help with calculations or document the dose. When you question your affected individual, “How a great deal did you choose 2 days in the past?” they never bear in mind, and you never have any log of it. Which is where we now have the intelligent pens, and this is an area that is going to continue to mature. Like you described, there’s additional and extra companies that are establishing these products and solutions. On the other hand, this is remarkable due to the fact it aids individuals to calculate how substantially insulin to get. We know that’s hard for individuals to bear in mind, specially if they have an insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio. Or if they never have that, even if we give them a correction element to increase if their glucose is high, that is nevertheless challenging to keep in mind. Hence, it helps with all those calculations, but it also allows the well being treatment crew. You know what your patient is getting, so [now] you can greater adjust to be in a position to enable them to accomplish their glucose targets.

Dhiren Patel, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, BCACP: I could not agree a lot more. Dr Busch, I know you have some knowledge as well and are informed of some of the other ones that are coming in between some of the pens and attachments. You’re certainly visualizing a lot of the info that’s presently coming from the steady glucose monitors [CGMs]. How do you see the linked clever pens? Owning that supplemental details established, how does that impact your day-to-day, and how do you plan on incorporating that into your apply?

Robert Busch, MD: It will be great because of all the other medication that we have with GLP [glucagonlike peptide] and SGLT-2 [sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitor]. Not everyone—type 2 diabetics specifically—is on basal bolus therapy simply because we have so numerous other excellent medicines accessible. The matter I’m psyched about is to have the weekly insulin out in the long term. Ought to that get permitted, that will be neat. The doses at first scare men and women for the reason that you are on 7 times the dose, and then there’s a loading dose if you are transitioning. However, obtaining the sensible pens would be a large addition to what we’re having. It’s like a compromise amongst that and the pump.

Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDCES: That is a fantastic point because even even though pumps are an solution, not absolutely everyone would like to be connected to a pump, or the charge is often a barrier, too.

Transcript edited for clarity.