Forsteo ® (teriparatide)

This information is intended for UK registered healthcare professionals only as a scientific exchange in response to your search for information. Please refer to the link for full prescribing information: Forsteo Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC)

Forsteo® (teriparatide): Needles

Forsteo can be used with insulin pen needles. We recommend Forsteo should be used with Becton Dickinson and Company (BD) needles. The Novo (30 and 32G) and Terumo (33G) needles may be used as well. No needles are supplied with the product.

Recommended Needle Gauge and Length

The length of the needle does not affect how much teriparatide is injected. The accuracy of the dose is the same for all needles, as long as the directions in the user manual are followed.1

Testing confirmed these BD needles work well with Forsteo:1

  • 0,23 mm x 4 mm, 32G

  • 0,25 mm x 5 mm, 31G

  • 0,25 mm x 8 mm, 31G

Compatible Needles Other Than BD

We recommend Forsteo should be used with needles from Becton Dickinson (BD). Forsteo has also been tested with the Novo (30 and 32 G) and Terumo (33 G) needles. These needles may be used with Forsteo.1

Safety Needles that Have Been Tested

There are three kinds of safety needles that can be used with Forsteo:

  • BD Autoshield

  • BD Duo Autoshield

  • Novo Nordisk Novofine Autocover

These safety needles have been tested with Forsteo and have been found to be compatible.1

Additional Information on Needles

No needles are supplied with the product. The device can be used with insulin pen injection needles.2

The decision on needle gauge and length remains at the discretion of the physician or pharmacist.3

References

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

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

3. Forsteo [user manual]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

Date of Last Review: April 24, 2020

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