Novo Nordisk NovoPen 4

Product guide with contributions from Diabetes Expert: Sue Marshall.

Novo Nordisk Novopen
NovoPen 4
Novo Nordisk

When the original NovoPen came out a couple of decades ago it really broke the mould. The new NovoPen 4 from Novo Nordisk is even better.

Setting the standard for Insulin Pens

Generally acknowledged as a bit of a design classic, the ‘pen’ meant that many diabetics left disposable syringes behind in favour of the less medical looking insulin delivery device which used disposable needles as well as disposable insulin cartridges.

The NovoPen 4 comes in 2 colours:

Almost unbreakable

Virtually unbreakable, the insulin pen is built with an incredibly tough, high quality metal construction and uses standard Novo Penfill 3ml cartridges with the full range of Novo insulins available.

If you (or your child) need help injecting these pens can be used with the Novo PenMate, which can make injections easier. 

NovoPen 4

The NovoPen 4 is to date the latest version of the NovoPen. It is arguably one of the most attractive insulin pens on the market and is available in either metallic blue or silver.

The NovoPen has a useful feature in that it won’t let you dial up more insulin than is left in the cartridge, which can prevent the need to inject twice for one dose when an insulin cartridge is running out.

NovoPen Junior

The Novopen Junior is a modern variant, which although aimed a children and young adults, is used by plency of adults as wel. It’s capable of delivering highly accurate doses and can fine tune small doses with half-unit dose increments on a sound mechanical system.

More information

  • Available on prescription
  • For more information call Novo Nordisk on 0845 6005055
Your Comments
Re: Elizabeth Bushfield's post. When this happens, it is due to the cartridge having a crack in it. throw it away and start again.
Posted by COLETTE CROUCHER, Kent on Monday, April 30, 2012
By far the best pen. Very positive to use although at one point it was difficult to inject with but that was a blip. Much better than the Humapen which due to my insulin being withdrawn I now have to use.
Posted by Robert Watson, Glasgow UK on Friday, March 04, 2011
I do not agree that new Novopens are better than the older models. They are now designed to be produced at lower cost. My Novopen3 had lid problems as the black plastic top became loose and the lid no longer clipped properly. I am now using Novopen 4 but it is not designed to be fail safe. Often when I use my pen away from home the plunger falls back and does not supply insulin. Also the mechanism sometimes fails and will not cope with back pressure (from my body). When I take the pen out it squirts insulin across the room and none is injected onto me. This is because the design now allows the plunger to be pushed back home and not screwed back home. Any back pressure when in use and the plunger fails to work. Bad design - but what choice do we have?
Posted by Mike Clark on Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I have been experiencing problems with my novopen syringes. Sometime when I open the lid the bottle is moist and there appears to be air in the syringe. This has happened to me on at least 4 occassions with various syringes. (after dialing up the correct dose the plunger seems to reach the end very quickly and there is no insulin being dispersed).
Posted by Elizabeth Bushfield, Glasgow on Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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