Improved Disposable Insulin Pen Devices Provide an Alternative to
Vials and Syringes for Insulin Administration
What is an insulin pen?
An insulin pen is a device used to inject insulin. The pen contains
a cartridge of insulin. The pen may be reusable or disposable. You
may need a different pen for each type of insulin you use.
How do I get the pen ready to use?
1. Remove a new pen from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you use
it. Insulin should be injected at room temperature.
2. Wash your hands. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand
rub. This will help decrease your risk for an infection.
3. Remove the cap from the pen. Wipe the needle attachment area
with an alcohol swab.
4. Attach a needle to the pen. Remove the tab from the needle. Do
not remove the outer cap on the needle. Push the needle straight
onto the pen. Turn the needle clockwise until you cannot turn it
more. Make sure the needle is straight.
5. Remove the needle caps. Remove the outer cap and save. Remove
the inner cap and throw it away.
6. Remove air from the pen. Air may cause pain during injection.
Turn the dial to 2 units. For most insulin pens, you will hear a
click for each unit of insulin that you dial. Hold the pen and
point the needle up. Gently tap the pen to move air bubbles to the
top of the pen. Press the injection button. You should see a drop
of insulin on the tip of the pen. If you do not see a drop, change
the needle and repeat this step. If you do not see a drop after you
repeat this step 3 times, use a new pen.
7. Select the correct dose on the pen. Turn the dial to the number
of units you need to inject. The pointer on the side of your pen
should line up with your dose. The dial can be turned in either
direction to choose the correct dose. You cannot choose a dose
larger than the number of units left in the cartridge. Insert
another cartridge or use another disposable pen if there is not
enough insulin. Instead you can inject part of your dose with the
insulin that is left. Next, you can use a new cartridge or pen to
inject the rest of your dose.
Where do I inject insulin?
You can inject insulin into your abdomen, upper arm, buttocks, hip,
and the front or side of the thigh. Insulin works fastest when it
is injected into the abdomen.
Do not inject insulin into areas where you have a wound or
bruising. Insulin injected into wounds or bruises may not get into
your body correctly.
Use a different area within the site each time you inject insulin.
For example, inject insulin into different areas in your abdomen.
Insulin injected into the same area can cause lumps, swelling, or
How do I inject insulin with a pen?
1. Clean the skin where you will inject the insulin. You can use an
alcohol pad or a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. Let the area dry
before you inject. This will decrease pain.
2. Grab a fold of your skin. Gently pinch the skin and fat between
your thumb and first finger.
3. Insert the needle straight into your skin. Do not hold the
syringe at an angle. Make sure the needle is all the way into the
skin. Let go of the pinched tissue.
4. Push the injection button to inject the insulin. Continue to
press on the injection button. Keep the needle in place for 10
5. Pull out the needle. Replace the needle cap. Press on your
injection site for 5 to 10 seconds. Do not rub. This will keep
insulin from leaking out.
6. Remove the needle from the pen. Twist the capped needle counter
clockwise. Place the needle in a heavy-duty laundry detergent
bottle or a metal coffee can. The container should have a cap or
lid that fits securely.
7. Replace the pen cap. Store the pen as directed.
How do I store an insulin pen?
Do not store your pen with a needle attached. Follow the storage
directions on the label or package insert that came with the
insulin. Unopened pens can be stored in the refrigerator until you
are ready to use them. Most insulin pens can be opened and kept at
room temperature. Store your pen in a cool, dry place. Do not keep
your pen in direct sunlight or in your car. Throw away pens that
have been frozen or exposed to temperatures above 85° F (30° C). If
you travel, keep the pen in a cool pack.
1. The optimal wheelwork can minimize the applied force. Only a
slight rotation of the dial knob provides best user experience.
2. Large dose display enables good readability. Applicable to
patients with visual impairment.
3. Provide sound and tactile feedback in the process of
quantitative, dose calibration and administration to maximize
4. The reminder of residual dose before injection ensures correct
quantitative display from the first to last drops.
5. The processing concept of quantitative can maximize patient’s
acceptability and reduce patient training.
Umitai® Metal Insulin pen widely be used as below:
- Diabetes patients self management
- The hospital clinical
- Retail Pharmacies
- Biopharmaceutical company
- Retail Chain Stores
- Retail Pharmacy
Compatible: 3ml cartridges injection, Injection contains:
- growth hormone
- And other 3ml cartridges injection