Magazine article USA TODAY

Insulin Pen Saves Thousands of Dollars

Magazine article USA TODAY

Insulin Pen Saves Thousands of Dollars

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Diabetics who need to switch from oral medications to insulin could reduce their annual health care costs up to $17,000 by using an insulin pen instead of a syringe to deliver their daily dose of medication. A study by Ohio State University, Columbus, found that employing an insulin pen may result in fewer trips to the emergency room as well as the doctor's office.

"For one, there is less chance of getting the wrong dose of insulin," notes Rajesh Balkrishnan, professor of pharmacy. "Diabetics who use syringes must carefully measure their insulin, so there is a risk of getting too much or too little." The pen contains a pre-measured dose of insulin in a disposable cartridge. Users simply push a button, and the proper dose of medication is injected through the needle. A syringe user must extract the exact dose of insulin from a vial.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, estimates that 21,000,000 people in the U.S. are diabetic. Experts say the disease accounts for $132,000,000,000 in health care expenditures each year. …

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