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Sanofi-aventis withdraws older insulin pens

Are you using one of these insulin pen devices, manufactured by Sanofi-aventis: OptiSet, OptiClik and OptiPen Pro 1?

After 31 December 2011 these pens will no longer be available, as the manufacturer is phasing out its older devices.

There is no need to worry, as your insulin will still be available in an alternative device; please contact your diabetes clinic or GP for advice on switching your pen.

Healthcare teams notified

Cathy Moulton, Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK, said, "We are keen to ensure that people with diabetes are aware that only two Sanofi-aventis pen devices, SoloSTAR and ClikSTAR, will be available for injecting insulin from December 2011 and all older pen devices will be withdrawn.

"All healthcare teams have been notified of the withdrawals and so will be able to help with any changes needed. We would advise anyone who has concerns to contact the Sanofi-aventis 24 hour helpline on 0845 606 6887on how best to make any adjustments."

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