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New insulin pen to time injections

A replacement cap for all major insulin pens (Timesulin®) was unveiled recently at the FEND Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The cap has a built-in timer, telling the user exactly how much time has passed since their last insulin injection.

Dr Åke Sjöholm, Chief of the Diabetes Research Unit at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, said “Due to the habitual nature of insulin administration patients often forget whether or not they had injected their insulin dose.  We regard this as a major challenge in managing diabetes and welcome the timely arrival of an innovative solution like Timesulin”.

“The idea was born out of my own frustration as a Type 1 diabetic of over 25 years,” said co-founder John Sjölund. “I manage my insulin injections with insulin pens and know all too well that a missed shot leads to raised blood sugar levels and causes drowsiness and body aches. At the same time, an accidental double dose has the opposite effect: blood sugar levels plummet, bringing on sweats and it can even cause a severe long & short term health complications. But mostly, it causes daily anxiety. I hate that. People with diabetes need a simpler way of knowing if they took their insulin, and when.”

Timesulin“This is a very common problem: most insulin-dependent patients have at some point missed a dose or taken a double dose, specifically because they weren’t sure when they took their last shot,” said John Grumitt, Vice Chair of the Diabetes UK Board of Trustees.  “A simple solution, like the one Timesulin offers, should ease the daily anxiety for many people living with diabetes.”

The cap carries the CE mark, works with all major insulin pens, requires no change in habit and works straight out of the package without any programming required. Retailing at £25 for a pack of two replacement caps, Timesulin will be available to customers throughout the EU, including in the UK, from mid-November 2011.

Published on: September 28, 2011

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