Timesulin launches Indiegogo campaign today

 

Today Timesulin, the little company that makes this great insulin timer cap, goes live with a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo

If you want to send a message to the FDA that we in the States should have great, useful, life-saving products as quickly as anyone around the world, sign up at the link above. 

With a small contribution, you can get one of the first caps when released in the States – and like me, find you don’t wonder whether or not you took your shot. You can also get a copy of my latest book, “Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s.”

I’ve been using this cap for more than two years, since the day I met John at the IDF World Congress in Dubai. I can’t tell you how many mornings I sit down at this computer, start working and wonder whether or not I took my long-acting insulin shot. Timesulin always lets me know. The reason I love this cap.

Share the news – yes we can get products over here that we want and need faster by pulling together. 

Would it surprise you to know, Timesulin is already in 40 countries around the world? Be part of the solution and you and millions will benefit.

The Apidra pen arrives this year

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Unknown-1Lantus SoloStar® Pen

Just a bit of news: Apidra, a rapid-acting insulin used before meals like Humalog and Novolog has just won FDA approval to be packaged in a prefilled disposable pen, to be called ” SoloSTAR®.” They’ll be available in pharmacies sometime this year.

Apidra and Lantus are both Sanofi-Aventis products. If you use the Lantus pen SoloSTAR®, (Lantus being long-acting insulin most patients use once or twice a day to cover the fasting state), the two pens will come in different colors to help tell them apart. And trust me, there are endless accounts of patients mixing up their rapid and long-acting insulins because the pens or vials look so much the same. However, I’ll have to reserve judgment as what I saw didn’t look that far afield from the Lantus pen: a grey blue vs. a blue grey? What’s so hard about making it in green or orange? 

 

I’m an Apidra user after years of using Humalog. For me, Apidra works faster than Humalog which means I need to use less and its quicker action gives you the advantage of injecting during and sometimes after a meal depending on what you’re eating. This takes a lot of the guesswork out making my doses a wee bit more accurate. 

Do you remember when it all began?

I was really caught short the other day. Spending most of my personal time around diabetics who know the score, I was faced with my neighbor’s mother who had just been put on insulin and was scared witless to give herself a shot. She asked if I would lead her through it so she didn’t make a mistake. She was using an insulin pen, which I do not use, so I had to read the instruction sheet right along with her. In doing so, I realized just how confusing and daunting this can be.

First there was the screwing in of the pen needle. Do you do that while it’s still in its protective plastic case or liberate it first? I still don’t know. Then there was the actual slipping off of the needle cover to expose the slinty steel thread. Then the priming: tap the exposed insulin cartrige a few times – how many is a few times and what exactly are we looking for? Carol was looking for something while I figured this was just about sending any air to the top of the cartridge. But how would she know that? And I saw she took pains to tap the cartridge in a particular way as if tapping otherwise wouldn’t be right. Then you’re instructed to dial a dose of two units to release any air in the cartridge. With this motion one should see a drop of insulin escape from the needle. Well, I did, but Carol didn’t because at that point she told me her vision’s not very good and she wasn’t wearing her reading glasses which would probably help. Oy, I thought, we’re dealing with units of insulin and your vision’s not very good? And being as nervous as you are about this, you’re not wearing glasses? Is this denial?

OK, air test performed and I ask Carol how many units her doctor said she needed to inject. She looked at me confused and said, “Doesn’t it say on the instruction sheet?” Yikes, power outtage of the mind, total disconnect, no apparent understanding that you dose for your needs based on food, exercise, blood sugar count. But I can’t blame Carol. She doesn’t know what she hasn’t been told, or what hasn’t been clearly communicated. Whereupon I see what a major breakdown we have in our medical system. You need to manage this disease, yet probably millions of people with diabetes are walking around with no information, misinformation and totally unprepared to take it on. Hmmm…doesn’t bode well for rising medical costs or the millions who’ll find themselves in hospital beds in years to come, as one diabetes educator expressed to me. So, we held off the injection till Monday when she could ask the doctor how much insulin she was to take.

Monday night I ran down to her apartment to guide her through her first injection. She answered the door in a T-shirt and no pants. I was about to say, “Do you want to put on some pants?” when I realized she was thigh-exposed for her first shot. How foolish of me not to infer this, but then I shoot through stockings, jeans, and usually just tuck up my shirt and go right through my abdomen. Anyway, within 5 minutes I had guided her through her first injection, her shaking hands steadied and she put that pen in that naked thigh like a trooper, hit the button, and because she told me she heard the click, extracted it quickly only for me to see that the dose button had only dialed down from her dose of 8 units to 6. So I instructed she put the needle in her thigh again, click the button fully, wait 5 seconds and then extract. She was loathe to do it, not because it meant sticking herself again, but she’d been clearly told not to use a needle twice. Wow, since I use my syringes a week or two before changing, I saw again the long journey from novice to old-hand. In again we went and out. This time the full dose dispensed. Mazeltov! Success, and she was smiling. Her high pitched shaky voice calmed to a quiet gleeful whisper and a new insulin-dependent diabetic was born.

Happy Insulin Day!

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Did you know that on this date — October 30 in 1920, Frederick Banting woke from his sleep and wrote down the method to isolate insulin? Don’t worry, I didn’t know either. A friend, who is an M.D., just sent this salutation to me in an email and it gave me a moment’s pause. Banting’s dreamed method was so on the mark that in January of 1922 he treated the first patient with type 1 diabetes successfully! In that regard I am very happy to wish you a fabulous insulin day.

Think today how lucky you are. Millions died from diabetes before insulin was discovered and had to subsist on starvation diets before their grizzly end. So, maybe on Happy Insulin Day we should all celebrate by indulging in a favorite food — pizza, Drake’s coffee cakes, cherry pie, mocha fudge ice cream (oops, my fantasies) — because we know we can manage it with insulin. And, yes, tomorrow is another day.