First smart insulin pens available on NHS

Two smart insulin pens that automatically record dosing data, are now available for prescribing on the NHS for people with diabetes.

Image of blue and red NovoPen Echo Plus and blue and silver NovoPen 6.
NovoPen 6 and NovoPen Echo Plus are reusable and in line with Novo Nordisk’s Circular for Zero ambition to have zero environmental impact. | NOVO NORDISK

NovoPen 6 and NovoPen Echo Plus are a new generation of insulin pens with dose memory function and smart connectivity that allow patients to transfer insulin dosing information to a compatible app and easily share it with their healthcare professional. The smart pens are designed to help facilitate more productive consultations and support personalised treatment plans, and may also support the long-term transition between face-to-face and virtual care.  

The pens are equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Patients must hold the dose memory of the pen against the NFC spot on their device and their data will automatically upload to a compatible app, such as diasend, FreeStyle LibreLink, mySugr or G6. 

Better glycaemic control

Currently, patients record insulin dosing infomation manually in a logbook or an app, which can result in incomplete or inaccurate information input that can be a significant barrier to optimising glycaemic control. 

Emma Wilmot, Consultant Diabetologist at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust said: 'Integrating innovative technology as a routine part of diabetes care is an important step to improve diabetes care. Novo Nordisk’s smart connected pens are an example of how technology can support people living with diabetes to gain greater insight into the management of their diabetes, on their journey to becoming experts in their diabetes.' 

'In my clinic, the opportunity to view daily insulin data will allow me to better support the individual with diabetes to achieve their goals. It will allow for more tailored and informed advice on optimisation of glucose levels, with the ultimate goal of improving future outcomes,' she added.

NovoPen 6 and NovoPen Echo Plus are reusable and in line with Novo Nordisk’s Circular for Zero ambition to have zero environmental impact.

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