Patients’ Preferences for Insulin Injection Devices: Analysis of the Article by Pohlmeier et al

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Abstract

In this issue, Pohlmeier et al report on a device assessment study in insulin-naïve patients with type 2 diabetes, to investigate the ease of use/learning and patient preference of the new prefilled U300 insulin glargine injection pen. Human factor studies are required by regulatory agencies and should ensure the proper use of the device in the context of the provided instructions. The patients found the device easy to learn/use and had a stable treatment satisfaction despite introduction of injection treatment. The lack of a control arm, the short duration, and the small sample size make it difficult to translate these results into clinical practice. It is encouraging to know, however, that the new pen is accepted by one of the intended patient populations.

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