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On July 26, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Finesse insulin patch-pen, a new type of insulin delivery device, for use with NovoLog rapid-acting insulin. In January, the device was granted FDA clearance and approved for use with Humalog rapid-acting insulin.

Finesse is a small, slim, plastic delivery device that contains a 200-unit reservoir for insulin, which is dispensed under the skin via either a 6-millimeter or a 9-millimeter cannula (a 27-gauge inserter needle is used to introduce the cannula). The device is designed to attach to the skin with adhesive and can remain in place for up to three days. Depending on the model, boluses of either 1 or 2 units of insulin are delivered by squeezing the two buttons located on either side of the device. (To prevent accidental boluses, both buttons must be pressed before insulin is dispensed.)

The device is intended for use with rapid-acting insulin only, so users will still need shots of long-acting basal insulin.

Jeffrey Purvin, Chairman and CEO of device manufacturer Calibra Medical, says, “Finesse combines the fast, discreet, needle-free features of wearable insulin pumps with the non-electronic simplicity, safety, and affordability of insulin pens.”

According to diabetes blogger Bernard Farrell, the manufacturer is currently working out some supply and design issues, and at present there is no definitive release date for the device.

For more information about Finesse, see the recent press release from Calibra.

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  1. This sounds like a wonderful alternative! I have not tried the pump because I didn’t want something attached to my body all the time! I have had diabetes for 41 years and am still very active and in great health at 56 years old! I use the Humalog pen before each meal (3 units) and Lanus at night (8 - 9 units). Love the pens, best thing I’ve seen! But the patch sounds like it would be small enough to not interfere with any activity and not be cumbersome! Can’t wait to learn more!!

    Posted by Linda |
  2. How big is it? Can we get a picture of it?

    Posted by Mary |
  3. An insulin pump has many advantages over this, except price. However, a pump can be paid for in affordable monthly installations over a number of years. I would think that many people can prioritize their diabetes to allow for this expense. I have an extremely active life including a wide variety of sustained physical activities and travel and impromptu meals. The pump never slows me down.

    Posted by Peter Mead |
  4. Sounds interesting luckily Ive only needed basil insulin although i keep fast acting insulin on hand “just in case” its for sliding scale use after blood sugar exceeds 150 2 hours post meals i haven’t had to use those pens for about 2 months now working with diet (am on a dialysis patient diet so its way stricter than diabetic meal planning.

    Posted by D.Kent |
  5. I read about a device a few months ago,in a Diabetes Mgmt. article. I plan to ask my doctor next visit. Don’t mind taking insulin 4xs daily but this sure would make it a lot easier.

    Posted by G. Williams |
  6. I have never heard of this before! wuld like to have more info on it.

    Posted by Betty Newby |
  7. my daugther is six years old diagnoses last December. Please I am looking for good advise. I read the post from Linda and is very helpful for me read that a person with diabetes for 46 years is active and in a great health.
    please don’t hesitate to contact me with any advise to help my child.
    thanks a lot
    betsy

    Posted by betsy |
  8. I am interested in the six year old whom has been diagnosed. My five year old grandbaby has this constant thirst all day long and her mother is going to have her Peditrician check her for Diabetes.It run on her mother and father side of the family. Just to take pre-caution I would like to learn and know all I can about Juvenile deabetes. Thanks!

    Posted by Dee |

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