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16GETTING

CONNECTED

Connected insulin pens, and pen caps that track doses are all

the rage these days.

ovo Nordisk's main product

has always been insulin, but it

also came out with the novel

idea of an 'insulin pen' back in 1985.

The NovoPen was a simple yet

brilliantly innovative device back in

its day. It used pre-filled cartridges

and twist-on pen needle and

revolutionised how people with

diabetes took their insulin, pretty

much making it cool overnight.

The pens did not look medical and

could reside quite happily in a

pencil case, pocket, purse or bag. It

was the biggest change in insulin

injecting since disposable syringes

had taken over from glass-andmetal

ones a few decades earlier.

But the one thing missing from this

fabulous tool, and the others like it

that came from other companies in

the insulin sector, was that there

was no way to track doses other

than people remembering or

writing it down in a diary. Doctors

must have despaired, as only the

most ardent diabetic would put

down all their doses correctly.

The lack of ability to track insulin

doses was so obvious that at least

two people with diabetes that I

know of have brought out their own

solutions, which they have had to

try to market. But with any niche

device or tool, it's costly and relies

on a fair dose of luck to make the

product well known and easily

available. Read on for InsulCheck

and Timesulin (both of which we've

covered before). Now the industry's

bigger, insulin providers are getting

in on the act too, and it's about time.

Novo Nordisk is again taking the

lead, stepping up to 'get with' the

digital era. Working with Flex Digital

Health, part of Flex (formerly known

as Flextronics), this year Novo

Nordisk is rolling out two versions of

a new 'connected' insulin pen.

These will use Flex's BrightInsight

platform, which focuses on

managing connectivity and

compliance for regulated digital

health devices. The company should

have been bringing out the devices,

dubbed the NovoPen 6 and

NovoPen Echo Plus, worldwide,

during 2020, though no specific date

has been set yet for the UK.

Digital health solutions can enable

people with diabetes to gain better

control by connecting insulin pens

to apps on smartphones and other

diabetes management platforms.

Hence, in addition to announcing

the intention to launch these new

products, Novo Nordisk has also

confirmed that it will have

non-exclusive technology

partnerships with Dexcom, Glooko

as well as Roche to allow those

companies' apps to be used with the

new connected insulin pens. It

already has an existing relationship

with IBM Watson Health. Later the

company intends to add

connectivity to its disposable pens.

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MORE CONNECTIVITY

Elsewhere Companion Medical is

backed by another insulin maker, Eli

Lilly. Companion Medical's InPen

device has been available in the US

for a few years, while Sanofi,

another global insulin producer,

is also focusing on innovative

solutions for integrated care and is

looking at digital solutions for

insulin delivery. Sanofi's digital

titration* solutions involve a blood

glucose meter (MyStar DoseCoach)

and a smartphone app (My Dose

Coach), as well as another

smartphone application called

Insulia. Pilot programmes are

looking at dose adjustments via

digital engagement solutions.

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