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FDA Approves NovoLog(R) Labeling Update
Date:7/15/2009

PRINCETON, N.J., July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Diabetes patients taking NovoLog((R)) (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection) can now use the insulin in their pump for up to six days following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a labeling change, diabetes care company Novo Nordisk announced today.(1) The previous label allowed for NovoLog((R)) to be stored in the pump reservoir for two days. This makes NovoLog((R)) the first and only rapid-acting insulin with this extended in-use time.

An insulin pump is a small, battery powered device designed to constantly deliver insulin into the patient's body 24 hours a day according to a preset program. Approximately the size of a pager, the pump system is composed of a reservoir for the insulin, a small battery, the pump, and a thin plastic tube with a needle on the end that passes insulin into the body, called the infusion set.

The updated NovoLog((R)) label also states that patients using NovoLog((R)) in their pumps should change the infusion set and the infusion set insertion site at least every three days. The previous label stated that NovoLog((R)) in the pump reservoir, infusion set and the infusion set insertion site be changed at least every 48 hours. The revised label keeps the same recommendation that NovoLog((R)) should be discarded after exposure to temperatures that exceed 37 degrees C (98.6 degrees F).

"The ability to go longer between changes of insulin in the pump allows people with diabetes to have more active and flexible lifestyles, which are integral to the success of long-term diabetes management," said Richard R. Rubin, PhD, professor, medicine and pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The label change is based on the FDA's review of data from Novo Nordisk that showed the stability of NovoLog((R)) in the pump for up to six days.

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