Healthcare Industry News: diabetes
News Release - March 27, 2018
FDA approves Toujeo(R) Max SoloStar(R)Max SoloStar holds more insulin than any other long-acting insulin pen
New pen can potentially reduce the number of injections for people who need more long-acting insulin and lower copay costs
BRIDGEWATER, N.J., March 27, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sanofi's Toujeo® (insulin glargine 300 Units/mL) Max SoloStar®, the highest capacity long-acting insulin pen that will be available on the market.
The new Max SoloStar pen holds 900 Units of Toujeo, more than any other long-acting insulin pen in the U.S., and provides up to 160 Units/mL of Toujeo in a single injection.
Due to its higher capacity, Max SoloStar may reduce the number of pens adults prescribed Toujeo use, allowing for fewer refills and related copays, depending on the person's insurance coverage. The maximum dose of up to 160 Units/mL may also help reduce the number of injections needed to deliver the required Toujeo dosage for some adults with diabetes.
"This new high capacity pen has a broader range of doses than the original SoloStar, delivering Toujeo, a long-acting insulin with established safety and efficacy," said Michelle Carnahan, North America diabetes and Cardiovascular Head, Sanofi. "By reducing the number of injections for people who need more long-acting insulin and lowering copay costs – both of which are important to patients – Toujeo Max SoloStar underscores Sanofi's continued commitment to help those living with diabetes."
To make Toujeo Max SoloStar as financially accessible as possible, it will be available at the same price as the original Toujeo SoloStar per insulin unit. Additionally, Sanofi will offer a savings program for Toujeo that includes both the SoloStar pen and Max SoloStar pen. Eligible commercially insured patients will pay a $0 copay if they are new to Toujeo for their first three prescription fills, and a $10 copay for their next 12 fills.
Sanofi will also offer support to adults with diabetes prescribed either SoloStar or Max SoloStar through the free Toujeo COACH program. For more information about these programs, visit www.toujeo.com.
Toujeo Max SoloStar will launch in retail pharmacies across the U.S. in Q3 2018.
What is Toujeo® (insulin glargine injection) 300 Units/mL? Prescription Toujeo® is a long-acting insulin used to control blood sugar in adults with diabetes mellitus.
- Toujeo® contains 3 times as much insulin in 1 mL as standard insulin (100 Units/mL)
- Toujeo® is not for use to treat diabetic ketoacidosis
- Toujeo® should not be used in children
Do not take Toujeo® if you have low blood sugar or if you are allergic to insulin or any of the ingredients in Toujeo®.
Do NOT reuse needles or share insulin pens even if the needle has been changed. Do not share your Toujeo® SoloStar® or Toujeo® Max SoloStar® pen with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them. Reusing needles increases your chance of having blocked needles.
Before starting Toujeo®, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have liver or kidney problems, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
Heart failure can occur if you are taking insulin together with pills called TZDs (thiazolidinediones), even if you have never had heart failure or other heart problems. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with Toujeo®. Your treatment with TZDs and Toujeo® may need to be changed or stopped by your doctor if you have new or worsening heart failure. Tell your doctor if you have any new or worsening symptoms including:
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden weight gain
- Swelling of your ankles or feet
Toujeo® should be taken at the same time once a day. Test your blood sugar levels daily while using any insulin, including Toujeo®. Do not change your dose or type of insulin without talking to your doctor. Verify you have the correct insulin before each injection.
Do NOT use a syringe to remove Toujeo® from your SoloStar® pen or Toujeo® Max SoloStar® pen. This can cause you to give yourself too much insulin. Toujeo® has 3 times as much insulin in 1 mL compared to other standard insulin pens. Your dose for Toujeo® may be different from other insulins you have taken. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.
Do NOT dilute or mix Toujeo® with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Use Toujeo® only if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible.
While using Toujeo®, do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Toujeo® affects you. Don't drink alcohol or use other medicines that contain alcohol.
The most common side effect of any insulin, including Toujeo®, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious and can be life-threatening. Severe hypoglycemia may cause harm to your heart or brain. Symptoms of serious low blood sugar may include shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision.
Toujeo® may cause severe allergic reactions that can lead to death. Get medical help right away if you have:
- A rash over your whole body
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of your face, tongue, or
- Extreme drowsiness,
- dizziness, or confusion
- Trouble breathing
- Fast heartbeat
Toujeo® SoloStar® and Toujeo® Max SoloStar® are disposable prefilled insulin pens. It is important to perform a safety test when using a new pen for the first time. Talk to your doctor about proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that comes with the pens.
Please see full Prescribing Information.
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