Insulin pumps

Novo Nordisk has launched a new insulin cartridge, the NovoRapid PumpCart that has been specifically designed for use with insulin pumps, in a number of European countries.

Insulin pumps have made life more convenient in a number of ways, not least in doing away with the need to inject each time you eat. However, some aspects of insulin pump maintenance, such as refilling the insulin reservoir, have been more time consuming than is the case with insulin pens. The PumpCart is a 1.6ml cartridge which contains the rapid-acting insulin NovoRapid and directly addresses the refilling problem to make this task easier.

Jakob Riis, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Medical Affairs at Novo Nordisk, states: “Today, insulin pump users go through a rather complicated process of filling disposable plastic reservoirs with insulin, typically from a larger insulin vial. Now, insulin pump users can simply place a prefilled insulin cartridge into their insulin pump without any extra handling steps.”

Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump

The first insulin pump that will be compatible with the new insulin cartridge is the new Accu-Chek Insight from Roche Diabetes Care. The Accu-Chek Insight is a tethered (tubed) insulin pump with a touchscreen handset.

The Accu-Chek Insight pump has been approved in Europe but no deatils are available yet as to when whether the pump will be launched in the US. Currently, the latest insulin pump to be available from Roche is the Accu-Chek Spirit Combo which works with the Accu-Cek Expert meter and handset.