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Insulin Pens Instead of Syringes ??

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Posted: Mar 25, 2009 16:12
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  • Insulin Pens Instead of Syringes ??

    Though Diabetes Health is normally my favorite Diabetes Magazine, they're off base this time and of course, I told them so.  This article is pro-insulin pens (in hospitals) based on a very biased 2 year old Novo Nordisk study claiming better control with a syringe despite the inordinate extra costs.  I believe the difference in control is education NOT the tool (no different than my pump stance).

    Here's the link to the article:


    My rebuttal to the article is posted but is as follows:

    I'm with Colleen.  Shame on you guys.  This "opinion" is far below your normal standard.  I would never be allowed to write/publish such a biased "article" on Diabetes1.  It might get blog worthiness but not a feature article.  I'd get my butt kicked for such bias.

    I don't care what type of diabetic we are discussing. Syringes and vials are far less expensive and since 1/2 unit syringes and dilutants are available, syringes are far more accurate IF the patient is taught properly.

    There are no insulin pens in which I can use dilutant (as an insulin sensitive person) or use 1/2 units (must start at 1 1/2 units and not all products have 1/2 unit pens).  Not everyone uses large doses.

    Of course this study would show in favor of pens - NovoNordisk makes tons on these products and they make nothing on syringe sales.  Shoot, I recommended at the Diabetes Expo they sell smaller vials so there would be less waste - now why would they do that?  They have us by the you know whats - we have no choice but to buy insulin whatever the formulation, safety or cost.

    I'm for cutting costs not increasing them.  We ALL pay for other people's costs in our premiums and/or taxes.  Why make it worse when there are less expensive safe options.  Teaching is the variable not the tool. 

    Try again guys and please provide more timely, less biased information next time.


    Doris J. Dickson


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  • By: JWD: Mar, 27, 2009 13:18 PM

    Good for you Doris!  Your convictions are to be admired.  Thanks for protecting all diabetics with your insights, we need all the help we can get regarding the media.  Sincerely, jwd


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