New pen for insulin gets green light

May 7, 2007

Long-acting Lantus (insulin glargine, Sanofi-Aventis) will soon be available in a device that will allow diabetes patients to administer up to 80 units in one injection.

Long-acting Lantus (insulin glargine, Sanofi-Aventis) will soon be available in a device that will allow patients to administer up to 80 units in one injection. Lantus SoloStar is a disposable, prefilled insulin pen that allows patients to dial their dose, up to 80 units. The product should be stored between 36° and 46°F until first use, after which it may be kept at room temperature, as long as it remains below 77°F. Once opened, the pen can be used for up to 28 days. Insulin glargine is indicated for once-daily treatment of hyperglycemia in patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. According to the manufacturer, Lantus SoloStar will be available in pharmacies sometime in 2007.

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