We now have official details on HumaPen Memoir, a digital insulin pen from Eli Lilly and Company. The official press release yesterday has confirmed something we reported back on February 5th.
MEMOIR is now available by prescription in pharmacies nationwide for use with Humalog® (insulin lispro injection [rDNA origin]), the most-prescribed mealtime insulin in the United States.
Lilly also announced today that it will launch an insulin pen that delivers Humalog in smaller increments, HumaPen® LUXURA™ HD, in April 2007. LUXURA HD is a reusable pen that can deliver from 1-to-30 units of Humalog in half-unit increments, beginning after the first unit. This type of pen may be attractive to people with diabetes that do not need large amounts of insulin, or parents of some children with diabetes. LUXURA HD will require a prescription.
Insulin pens were developed on the premise that delivery devices that are more acceptable to patients could improve patient compliance and make a positive contribution to long-term diabetes control. (1) Unlike traditional insulin pens or vial and syringe, MEMOIR doesn’t resemble a medical instrument. MEMOIR, which is reusable, is sleek and designed to resemble a writing pen, enabling the potential for more discreet injections in public compared to using a vial and syringe.
In a clinical study of experienced pen users, 81 percent of patients preferred MEMOIR over the pen they were using before joining the study. MEMOIR was considered easier and more convenient to use than the pre-study pen and rated higher for certain pen features and most tasks related to dosing.1 MEMOIR was developed in partnership with Battelle Medical Device Solutions, a leader in device innovation based in Columbus, Ohio.