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Pen or Syringe?

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by type1harley, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
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    Novopen on the Novorapid and still using a syringe on the Lantus as a legacy of the 45u in one hit I used to take (3ml carts lasting a week seems a bit pointless to me). In the discussion at the clinic on Wednesday next week, I'll be looking for a)Tresiba and b) getting it in a pen, as my amounts are now so much lower. If they push for Levemir, then I'll still want additional pens!
     
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  2. Nyxks

    Nyxks Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm on the Lantus Solostar (pen) 100 units at bedtime and Humalog (quickipen) with meals sliding scale .. i find the pens cheaper since it costs me just over 600 a month just for the solostar and would cost me almost twice that for the vile version of it, the humalog its a bit cheaper by not by much (about 25 bucks difference between pen n viles).
     
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    RuthW Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Waah, I feel so old. My first needles were all metal (and we boiled them every night in a stainless steel butter dish on the stove). They were like pokers. No wonder I've got lousy injection sites.
     
  4. RuthW

    RuthW Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My sister was diagnosed Type 1 at 33 while living in France a few years ago. They put her straight on a pump and she's has good control from the get-go. They have a really good "mixed" system. You pay a proportion of the cost of treatment but claim it back. You choose your own doctor.

    I spent forty-plus years under the NHS (Type 1) before moving to Turkey, which has the same system as France. I do go to a private hospital but my employers pay 80%. My treatment and my diabetic control has improved massively.

    On the expenses, the pharmaceutical companies are massively overcharging the NHS. Why are BS strips so expensive that they have to be rationed in the UK, when they cost about a fifth of the price in Turkey, even WITHOUT a prescription? The NHS is creaky and criminally inefficient. It is bleeding money. I agree with "free" healthcare (we pay our taxes, etc, etc). But I think it needs to be organized more like France. Incidentally, a French-type system would immediately eliminate "health tourism", which is costing billions per year. How many doctors would that pay for?
     
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