Insulin Pen For Cats


Insulin Pen For Cats

Insulin pens are available for humans, they are generally shaped like pens and have an insulin cartridge and not a vial of insulin. Some pens use cartridges that can be replaced while other pens need to be thrown away after being used. Most of the insulin pens use replaceable pen needles. Up to now insulin pens for cats have not been available but have recently been approved by the FDA.

Merck Animal Health’s VetPen may now be used to administer Vetsulin insulin cartridges, also made by Merck. The refillable VetPen, which looks like a writing pen, automatically measures the prescribed insulin dose, the FDA said.

The FDA said the approval “provides consumers with an additional option for insulin delivery.” Merck said the VetPen is easier to dose and administer — and is more accurate — than traditional delivery systems, such as syringes and vials.

For years, insulin pens have made managing diabetes more convenient for human diabetics,” the company said. “Merck Animal Health … has now brought the same technology to veterinary medicine.”

VetPen will initially be offered in “a number of veterinary clinics” throughout the United States, but “the exact number has not been determined at this point,” Merck said. The video below explains how to use VetPen, known as Caninsulin VetPen in non-U.S. markets.

Vetsulin was taken off the market in 2011 after manufacturing tests showed that batches of the drug “may have been compromised by bacterial contamination,” according to the FDA. The product was reintroduced to the market in 2013, and the agency said it continues to monitor its use.”

Administering insulin using syringes can be quite daunting if you are doing it for the first time and some people are unable to face up  to it and may even have the cat put down! The  insulin pen for cats offers an easier alternative to syringes and everyone should be able to administer the correct dosage of insulin without any issues.

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