Insulin pens with new delivery system receive FDA approval
The FDA recently approved two Novo Nordisk prefilled insulin pens — NovoLog and Levemir — that utilize the new FlexTouch injection system, according to a press release.
The company announced the approval and said the FlexTouch system implemented on both pens will help patients better administer their medications.
“When a dose is dialed with traditional prefilled pens, the push button extends, and at larger doses this can present challenges for the patient. The unique dosing mechanism of FlexTouch ensures the push-button does not extend at any dose and allows insulin to be administered by pressing the low dose force button,” according to the press release.
The system was approved by the European Commission in July 2011 and should be available in the US within the next year.
NovoLog FlexTouch contains 300 units of insulin aspart and doses in 1 unit increments, from 1 to 80 units. Levemir FlexTouch contains 300 units of insulin detemir and also doses in 1 unit increments, from 1 to 80 units.