New pen makes it simpler to inject insulin
A new insulin delivery device recently approved by Heath Canada is touted as an even simpler way for patients to administer their medication.
The new device is a pre-filled insulin pen that allows patients to dose between one to 80 units in a single injection, which also lasts longer, according to a Calgary endocrinologist.
"It’s another step towards maintaining your diabetes easier and more convenient. Usually people would need multiple injections, which can be quite challenging," Dr. Stuart Ross told Metro.
The new device is designed for both Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes patients, making it simpler for both to inject the insulin.
"It looks like a pen and, basically, people can inject it at night and it will work well until dinner the next night," he added.
In Canada, more than two million people have diabetes, which costs the health-care system an estimated $13.2 billion a year.
"The problem is the government won’t cover the costs for this new system, but they will cover the costs for the old one," Ross said, adding it could cost patients $130 a month or more if they don’t have coverage.
The new device is now available.
Consult your doctor to discuss the new diabetes treatment.