Taltz ® (ixekizumab)

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Taltz® (ixekizumab): How to identify unused vs used pen and syringe

The dose was delivered when: in the pre-filled pen - the grey plunger is visible at the top of the clear base; in the pre-filled syringe - the green plunger rod is visible through the syringe body.

Pre-filled pen

An unused pre-filled pen has following visual indicators:

  • The grey plunger is not visible in the clear base

  • The green injection button is not in depressed position

  • The lock ring can be turned back and forth from the "Lock" to the "Unlock" position

  • The base cap is placed at the bottom of the pen1

The lock ring is a safety feature to make sure the injection button is not accidentally pressed before the user is ready to inject.1

Figure 1. Taltz unused pre-filled pen2

An used pre-filled pen has following visual indicators:

  • The grey plunger is seen at the top of the clear base

  • The green injection button is in depressed position

  • The lock ring cannot be turned back to the "Lock" position

  • The base cap is removed1

Figure 2. Taltz used pre-filled pen2

The pre-filled pen is for single use only.3

Pre-filled syringe

An unused pre-filled syringe has following visual indicators:

  • The cap is placed at the bottom of the syringe

  • The plunger can be seen but it is at the opposite end from the needle end of the syringe

  • The green plunger rod is fully extended (not pushed in). The plunger rod is outside of the pre-filled syringe body before dosing1

Figure 3. Taltz unused pre-filled syringe2

An used pre-filled syringe has following visual indicators:

  • The cap is removed

  • The grey plunger is pushed to the needle end of the syringe

  • The green plunger rod is pushed in towards the finger grip part of the pre-filled syringe and the green plunger rod shows through the clear part of the body of the syringe1

Figure 4. Taltz used pre-filled syringe2

The pre-filled syringe is for single use only.3

References

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

2. Taltz EU Patient Information Leaflet – Instructions for Use, Utrecht, The Netherlands: Eli Lilly Nederland B.V.

3. Taltz [summary of product characteristics]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

Date of Last Review: November 02, 2020


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