The Open Choice is not intended to replace traditional blood glucose monitoring and must be calibrated with two readings from a standard blood glucose meter two hours after a new sensor is inserted and with an additional reading at least every 12 hours thereafter.
Availability: The Open Choice is available as a software upgrade to current users of the Seven System and by prescription only to new users. For more information, call DexCom at (877) DEXCOM4 (339-2664).
Product: Humalog KwikPen, Humalog Mix75/25 KwikPen, and Humalog Mix50/50 KwikPen
Manufacturer: Eli Lilly and Company
(800) LillyRx (545-5979)
What it does: Each disposable pen in the KwikPen line comes prefilled with 300 units of either insulin lispro (brand name Humalog), insulin lispro mix75/25 (Humalog Mix75/25; a mixture of 75% intermediate-acting and 25% rapid-acting insulin), or insulin lispro mix50/50 (Humalog Mix 50/50; a mixture of 50% intermediate-acting and 50% rapid-acting insulin). The pens can be dialed in one-unit increments up to a maximum dose of 60 units. If too many units are dialed accidentally, the dose can be corrected by turning the knob in the reverse direction. Pens should be stored in the refrigerator before the first use and kept at room temperature once opened.
Availability: The Humalog KwikPen, Humalog Mix75/25 KwikPen, and Humalog Mix50/50 KwikPen are available by prescription in retail pharmacies nationwide.
Product: NovoFine Autocover 30G
Manufacturer: Novo Nordisk Inc.
What it does: The NovoFine Autocover 30G is a disposable 30-gauge, 8-millimeter insulin pen needle. The needle is encased in a protective shield both before and after an injection, a feature that may be helpful for people who are concerned about accidental needle sticks or who prefer not to see any needles during the injection process. The NovoFine Autocover 30G is designed for one injection only, and has a safety lock to indicate when a needle has already been used. It is made for use with Levemir, NovoLog Mix 70/30, and NovoLog FlexPens.
Availability: The NovoFine Autocover 30G can be obtained at select pharmacies. The needles may require a prescription in some states.
Product: PIC Insumed Syringes
Manufacturer: Medical Plastic Devices Inc.
(866) MEDPLAS (633-7527)
What it does: Packaged with a clip-on magnifying glass, PIC Insumed Syringes make seeing, and therefore drawing up, insulin doses easier. The syringes are available in a 30-gauge version as well as a 31-gauge version, the thinnest available in the United States. Both the 30-gauge and 31-gauge needles come in an 8-millimeter length, and the 30-gauge needle is also available in a 12.7-millimeter length. The 30-gauge syringe holds 100 units, while the 31-gauge syringes come in 50-unit and 33-unit sizes.