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Apidra(R) SoloSTAR(R), the Easy-to-Use Insulin Delivery Device from sanofi-aventis, Now Available in the United States
Date:4/20/2009

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi-aventis U.S. announced today that Apidra(R) SoloSTAR(R) (insulin glulisine [rDNA origin] injection), a prefilled disposable pen containing the rapid-acting insulin analog Apidra(R), is now available in the United States. Apidra(R) is indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and children (4 years and older) with type 1 diabetes or adults with type 2 diabetes.

"Sanofi-aventis is committed to providing innovative tools to patients with diabetes that can help ease some of the challenges of blood sugar management," said Jerry Durso, Vice President, Specialized Therapeutics Business Unit, sanofi-aventis U.S. "Apidra(R) SoloSTAR(R) provides patients with a convenient option for administering their Apidra(R)."

The availability of Apidra(R) SoloSTAR(R), approved in the U.S. in February 2009, follows the approval and launch of Lantus(R) SoloSTAR(R) (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) in 2007. People living with diabetes who use both Lantus(R) and Apidra(R) to help manage their blood sugar now have two pen delivery devices to make administration of their insulins convenient. Basal-prandial insulin regimens, including one that utilizes once-daily Lantus(R) as a basal insulin analog with rapid-acting Apidra(R) at mealtime, can closely mimic normal physiologic insulin secretion.

Apidra(R) SoloSTAR(R) and Lantus(R) SoloSTAR(R) are designed with different colors and tactile differentiation to help patients differentiate between the two pens, which are intended for use with two very different types of insulins (rapid-acting vs. long-acting). Nevertheless, before using Apidra(R) SoloSTAR(R) or Lantus(R) SoloSTAR(R), patients should carefully examine the labeling on the pen, to ensure they are using the correct one.

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