Prefilled insulin pens (KwikPen®, Tempo Pen®)

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Is it normal to see residual insulin that cannot be injected in the KwikPen® or the Tempo Pen®?

It is normal to see a small amount of insulin left in the pen that the patient cannot inject.

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What should patients do when there are not enough units of insulin left in their KwikPen or Tempo Pen?

The pen cannot be dialled to more than the number of units left in the pen.1

If the patients need to inject more than the number of units left in the pen, they may either1 

  • inject the amount left in the pen and then use a new pen to give the rest of the dose, or
  • get a new pen and inject the full dose.

For insulins that are provided at a concentration of 200 units/ml, do not transfer these insulins to a syringe. Severe overdose can result.1

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 characteristcs.

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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