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Innovo Insulin Pen Discontinued

The Innovo Insulin Injection Device will not be available in the UK from the end of August 2006. This device is used to inject insulin from 3ml cartridges however declining demand and large numbers of complaints about this device have brought about the decision to discontinue this product. It is expected that few patients will be currently using this device.

NovoNordisk, the manufacturer of the device are providing information about possible alternative devices on their medical information team on 0845 600 5055. The NovoPen 3 appears to be a suitable alternative to the Innovo especially if the intention is to maintain the provision of insulin therapy through 3ml cartridges.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of the discontinuation and work to identify patients using the Innovo device.

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16 Comments to “Innovo Insulin Pen Discontinued”

  1. Look here if you want to replace the battery:

    Comment by Ronnie — February 27, 2011 #

  2. The Novopen Echo is not available in the UK. Can you believe it?! The memory function is invaluable and can help stop you injecting a second time in error. The different skins also appeal to kids and teens. I can't even find a way to buy it from the States and ship it over. We'd buy two. So I reckon the company are missing a huge chance to make a fair amount of money.

    Comment by Fiona Miller — December 14, 2010 #

  3. Hi Ian,

    I have 2 Innovos with flat batteries. Can you tell us all how you dismantled yours? I can see no obvious way into it without causing damage. I can easily sort the battery, once inside, but they were clearly made to be non-serviceable.

    Comment by Martin Clarke — June 13, 2010 #

  4. Hi,

    Ive recently taken my innovo apart and put a new battery in. the display etc is all working as it used to but ive not tested it yet to see if its still giving the correct dosage of insulin. - I see no reason for it not to, its pretty much just a mechanical device for the injection side with a circuit board and sensors for doing the digital readout and memory.

    Comment by Ian Dickinson — May 19, 2010 #

  5. There is hope but a small hope.

    There is a alternative the NovoPen Echo.

    Comment by Frank — May 16, 2010 #

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