Prefilled insulin pens (KwikPen®, Tempo Pen®)

This information is intended for UK registered healthcare professionals only as a scientific exchange in response to your search for information.For current prescribing information for all Lilly products, including Summaries of Product Characteristics, Patient Information Leaflets and Instructions for Use, please visit: www.medicines.org.uk (England, Scotland, Wales) or www.emcmedicines.com/en-GB/northernireland/ (Northern Ireland).

How often should patients change the needle on their KwikPen® or Tempo Pen®?

Patients should always use a new needle for each injection. They should not store the pen with the needle attached to prevent leaking, blocking the needle, or air from entering the pen.

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Why should patients not re-use needles?

A new needle ensures that the patient gets the prescribed dose of insulin. Needles that are re-used can

  • get bent or blocked by skin, tissue or insulin from previous injections, which can cause the pen to jam, or 
  • become contaminated by bacteria.1

Patients should not store the pen with a needle attached. Storing the pen with a needle attached may cause the formation of air bubbles, which may affect dose accuracy.1

How should needles be disposed of?

Patients should1

  • put used needles in a closable, puncture-resistant sharps container
  • not recycle the filled sharps container, and
  • ask their healthcare professional about options to dispose of the pens and sharps container properly.

These directions are not intended to replace local, healthcare professional or institutional policies.

Which pens does this information apply to? 

This information applies to all of Eli Lilly and Company's pre-filled pens:

  • Abasaglar 100 units/mL KwikPen2
  • Abasaglar 100 units/mL Tempo Pen3
  • Humalog 100 units/mL KwikPen4
  • Humalog Mix25 100 units/mL KwikPen4 
  • Humalog Mix50 100 units/mL KwikPen4
  • Humalog 100 units/mL Junior  KwikPen5
  • Humalog 200 units/mL KwikPen6
  • Humalog 100 units/mL Tempo Pen7
  • Humulin I 100 units/mL KwikPen8 
  • Humulin M3 100 units/mL KwikPen8 
  • Lyumjev 100 units/mL KwikPen9
  • Lyumjev 200 units/mL KwikPen10
  • Lyumjev 100 units/mL Junior KwikPen11
  • Lyumjev 100 units/mL Tempo Pen12

For further information about a specific pre-filled pen, please refer to the corresponding user manual, patient leaflet and summary of product characteristics.

References

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

2Abasaglar 100 units/mL KwikPen [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

3Abasaglar 100 units/mL Tempo Pen [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

4Humalog® 100 units/ml KwikPen® [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

5Humalog® 100 units/ml Junior KwikPen® [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

6Humalog® 200 units/ml KwikPen® [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

7Humalog® 100 units/ml Tempo Pen [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

8Humulin® 100 IU/ml KwikPen® [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly and Company Limited, United Kingdom.

9Lyumjev® 100 units/ml KwikPen® [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

10Lyumjev® 200 units/ml KwikPen® [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

11Lyumjev® 100 units/ml Junior KwikPen® [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

12Lyumjev® 100 units/ml Tempo Pen [instructions for use]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

Date of Last Review: 28 September 2022


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