Lilly Humapen Savvio


iNSuliN PeNS geT SAvvy

at Diabetes uk’s annual professionals the designer of the pen, stuart garvin, Lilly still provides prefilled pens, but

conference which took place in manchester is an industrial engineer and is responsible for those who ‘think green’, then these

in mid-march, Lilly launched its latest in for the look, feel and actions of the pen – reusable pens are designed to last up

the humaPen range, the savvio. it’s been for example, the injection mechanism has to six years with far less impact on the

engineered to resemble a small personal an improved, smoother injection force. environment. says stockley, “they’re

accessory rather than a medical device “you can stick it in a jacket pocket, and no really ‘touchable’. they feel more of a

and has been designed following feedback one would know it’s a medical device. it’s quality product and look less medical.”

from people with diabetes who wanted lighter than its predecessor, the action is the pens even comes in a rather

to manage their diabetes discreetly. the smoother when delivering the insulin and snazzy box, so that – like any quality

market research took place in six countries. it’s more accurate. We’ve used darker purchase – the experience is a joy from

the research team spent a day-in-the life inks and added a red dot indicator to help the start. “there are elements of pleasure

with patients in their own homes to gather people give the correct dose. these small all the way through,” says garvin, “the

real-life understanding of how they use but significant improvements. They’re also only problem is you might have problems

their insulin devices and the challenges highly durable.” choosing which colour to go for.”

they face.

the humaPen savvio is easy to dial

and dose and features smooth glide force

an easy-to-use cartridge holder. it comes

in blue, graphite, green, silver, pink and

red and is available for use with Lilly’s

3ml insulin cartridges, which include the

humalog and humulin brands of insulin

and doses from 1 to 60 units in one-

unit increments (a half-unit option may

come later). It comes with an insufficient

remaining dose feature that prevents the

user from dialing more units than those

remaining in the cartridge. the cartridge

changing mechanism is also easier – just

twist and click. It fits any brand of pen


“I want my patients to feel confident

about managing their condition and

being able to get on with everyday living,”

says susan stockley, Lead Diabetes

specialist nurse from east surrey

hospital. “People with diabetes handle

their devices every day and to some,

the device reminds them that they are

on important medication and ‘different’.

this new insulin pen blends in with their

accessories and feels personalised, plus

the size means they can be more discreet

when administering.” To get a HumaPen Savvio, speak to your diabetes nurse.


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