Emgality ® ▼ (galcanezumab)

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Emgality®▼ (galcanezumab) Pen: Information on Needle

The pre-filled pen comes with a 27 gauge (thin wall) x 12.7 mm permanently built in needle.


Can the needle be changed?

The needle is built into the cartridge that is inside the pen and cannot be changed or removed. The needle or needle attachment must not be touched.1

The needle included in the pack is only suitable for subcutaneous injection.2

Is medicine dripping from the needle normal when the base cap is removed?

A drop of liquid on the tip of the needle is normal and will not affect the dose.1,3

Does the needle retract after the injection has been administered?

When the medicine is completely delivered, the needle begins to travel upward (retract). The patient may feel the needle travel upwards in the pen. The second loud click is heard right before the needle stops retracting. The whole process of the needle retraction occurs very quickly.1

If the needle does not retract after the injection the needle must not be touched and the base cap must not be replaced. The pen must be stored in a safe place to avoid an accidental needlestick injury. Patients can contact their doctor, pharmacist or nurse for instructions on how to return the pen.3

The instructions for using the pen included with the Package Leaflet, must be followed carefully. The pre-filled pen is for total use only.2

After training, patients may self-inject galcanezumab if a healthcare professional determines that it is appropriate. 2

How can the user avoid damaging the needle?

Make sure the pen is locked. Leave the base cap on until you are ready to inject.

When you are ready to inject, twist off the base cap and throw it away in the bin.

Do not put the base cap back on – this could damage the needle.

Do not touch the needle.3

Please find below a link to a short video that demonstrates how the user can avoid damaging the needle.

Please click here to watch the video.


1Data on file, Eli Lilly and Company and/or one of its subsidiaries.

2Emgality [summary of product characteristics]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

3Emgality [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

This medicinal product is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions.

Date of Last Review: 24 December 2021

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