Novo Nordisk Recalls Bad Batch of Insulin Cartridge Holders

Kaitlynn Ely
Published Online: Friday, July 7th, 2017
After receiving complaints, Novo Nordisk has voluntarily recalled insulin cartridge holders due to cracks or breaks in the NovoPen Echo when exposed to some chemicals, including cleaning agents.

The device is used by patients with diabetes for insulin treatment. According to a press release, only a small number of NovoPen Echo batches were affected by this recall.

The company thinks that using cracked devices increases the risk of an inaccurate dosing of insulin delivered to patients, which can lead to high blood sugar. The affected pens were produced between August 1, 2016, and June 22, 2017, and were distributed to health care providers, pharmacies, and patients in the United States.

Faulty batch numbers for the NovoPen Echo include: EVG1221, EVG1226, FVG7149, FVG7458, FVG8134, and FVG8135. All devices produced after June 22, 2017, are deemed safe, according to the release.

According to the FDA, a person who is experiencing high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, usually appears to have flushed skin, feels tired, has dry mouth and is thirsty, and/or feels nauseous. Patients with diabetes should contact their physician or a health care provider if hyperglycemia is suspected.

Any individuals using a recalled pen should check their blood sugar levels consistently to confirm they are not experiencing hyperglycemia or going into diabetic shock, and should also call Novo Nordisk at 1-855-419-8827 to receive a replacement insulin cartridge holder.

Current Issue

The Educated Patient

Sara Marlow, MSN, RN, PHN, FNP-C
Sunburn is still a major health issue that can be prevented.
Kristen Marjama, DNP, FNP-BC
The National Health Interview Survey in 2014 estimated that 17.7 million adults and 6.3 million children had asthma.
Mary McCormack, MSN, APNC, MPH
The World Gastroenterology Organization describes the prevalence of celiac disease as a “statistical iceberg” in today’s health climate.
Melissa DeCapua, DNP, PMHNP-B-C
Diabetic retinopathy causes more losses of vision worldwide than any other eye disease, affecting 33% of the 285 million individuals suffering from diabetes.
$vacMongoViewPlus$ $vAR$
Contemporary Clinic
MJH Associates
American Journal of Managed Care
Cure
MD Magazine
ONCLive
OTCGuide
Pharmacy Times
Specialty Pharmacy Times
Targeted Oncology
About Us
Advertise
Careers
Contact Us
Feedback
Privacy
Terms & Conditions
Pharmacy Healthcare & Communications, LLC
2 Clarke Drive
Suite 100
Cranbury, NJ 08512
P: 609-716-7777
F: 609-257-0701

Copyright Contemporary Clinic 2017
Pharmacy Healthcare & Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved.