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Lilly withdraws old pre-filled insulin pens

Lilly UK is discontinuing its old pre-filled insulin pens from March 31 2011 following approval to make both Humulin and Humalog insulins available in  its KwikPen insulin device. These pens now contain the same range of Humulin and Humalog insulins previously found in the old pre-filled insulin pens.

Lilly UK says that the KwikPen is simple to teach, easy to use and has enhanced colour coding for identification. There are 20,000 people with diabetes in the UK who currently use the old pre-filled pen for insulin. Following authorization from Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Lilly can now make their insulin available in its KwikPen.

Awareness

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Cathy Moulton, Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK, said: "We are keen to ensure that people with diabetes are aware that Lilly’s old pre-filled insulin pens will no longer be available from March 31 2011.

"Diabetes UK would like to reassure people with diabetes that no insulins are being withdrawn and that Lilly are discontinuing the old insulin pens to ensure continuity and insulin safety.

"All healthcare teams have been notified of the withdrawals and so will be able to help with how to use the new pens.  We would advise anyone who has concerns to contact Lilly’s free-phone helpline on 0800 783 6764."

The transition from the older prefilled pens to the KwikPen has already taken place in France, Spain and Italy with minimal reported impact on people with diabetes using those pens.

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