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My 2 1/2 year old son has just been diagnosed with Insulin Dependent Diabetes. The hospital has been using the Novopen insulin injection system, but the only problem with this is that it goes up in increments in 2 and the doctor expects that he may occasionally need only 1 unit. She wants us to use a syringe, but that gives us the heebee-geebee's. Can you recommend an alternate injection method. Thank you.

You'll be pleased to hear that Novo will be bringing out a new model of their pen, that can deliver insulin in one-unit increments. We've been told that it's coming in just a few months, and have actually seen a pre-release version of the device.

Ask your Diabetes Team about a different device, called the Inject-Ease, made by Palco. It's nicknamed "the Rocket" by many kids, since it vaguely looks like a rocketship. The Inject-Ease hides the standard syringe within it, and is practically painless if used correctly: put the end of the Rocket against the skin, and very slightly twist the device while it's touching the skin, then press the release lever, push the syringe's plunger, and presto, the shot is given!

By the way, kids who use the Inject-Ease sometimes decide to go ahead and give their own shots without it after a while, but it's no harm if they choose to use it indefinitely.

PS: The new Novo-Nordisk pen injector device apparently will be called the NovoPen 1.5, and is really slick! Unfortunately, there will be a price tag (very roughly, about US$50) and we don't have any idea if the insurance companies will reimburse for this expense. (21 Mar 96)

Original posting 15 Mar 96


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