Starting patients on NovoLog®

NovoLog® (insulin aspart injection) 100 U/mL has been studied in multiple approaches when insulin intensification is needed. The two intensification approaches below describe how to add mealtime insulin to your patient’s basal insulin therapy:

  • The FullSTEP® approach adds mealtime bolus injections sequentially to a basal regimen as needed
  • The 4-T approach starts by adding 3 bolus doses to a basal regimen
     

Intensifying with NovoLog® using the 4-T approach

The Treating to Target with Type 2 Diabetes (4-T) Study was a 3-year, multicenter, randomized, treat-to-target study of 708 insulin-naïve patients with type 2 diabetes. A total of 234 patients were randomized to Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) and were intensified with NovoLog® if A1C was >10% after 1 measurement or ≥8% for 2 consecutive measurements at or after 24 weeks, or if A1C was >6.5% at 1 year. At study end, 82% of patients had been intensified with NovoLog®. In addition, 239 patients were randomized to NovoLog® and 235 patients randomized to biphasic insulin aspart 30 (results not shown). All insulin was delivered by FlexPen®.

Data are representative of all patients in the Levemir®- initiated arm.

 

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Criteria for intensification with NovoLog® determined by A1C value

Patients on a basal insulin ± OAD therapy were intensified with NovoLog® if A1C was:


 

The approach used to intensity with NovoLog® 3x/day1,2

aIn this study, sulfonylureas were discontinued.


An injection of NovoLog® was immediately followed by a meal within 5 to 10 minutes.

 

NovoLog® daily dose: a patient example

This is a hypothetical example of a patient with type 2 diabetes weighing 92 kg (202 lbs) and is based on total daily dose (TDD) of insulin (basal + bolus) of 0.5 units/kg/day. All patients must be appropriately titrated from an initial starting dose.

bNovoLog® dose must be individualized. Some patients may require lower doses per meal.
The TDD of insulin may vary and is usually between 0.5 to 1.0 units/kg/day.

4-T blood glucose goals1

  • Premeal BG: 72 to 99 mg/dL
  • 2-hour PPG: 90 to 126 mg/dL

Please note that these are general guidelines. Glycemic management should be individualized for each patient.



 

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Selected Important Safety Information

Contraindications

  • NovoLog® is contraindicated during episodes of hypoglycemia and in patients hypersensitive to NovoLog® or one of its excipients. 

Warnings and Precautions

  • Never Share a NovoLog® FlexPen, NovoLog® FlexTouch®, PenFill® Cartridge, or PenFill® Cartridge Device Between Patients, even if the needle is changed. Patients using vials must never share needles or syringes with another person. Sharing poses a risk for transmission of blood-borne pathogens.

NovoLog® (insulin aspart injection) 100 U/mL Indications and Usage

NovoLog® (insulin aspart injection) 100 U/mL is an insulin analog indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus. 

Important Safety Information

Contraindications

  • NovoLog® is contraindicated during episodes of hypoglycemia and in patients hypersensitive to NovoLog® or one of its excipients. 

Warnings and Precautions

  • Never Share a NovoLog® FlexPen, NovoLog® FlexTouch®, PenFill® Cartridge, or PenFill® Cartridge Device Between Patients, even if the needle is changed. Patients using NovoLog® vials must never share needles or syringes with another person. Sharing poses a risk for transmission of blood-borne pathogens. 
  • Changes in insulin strength, manufacturer, type, or method of administration may affect glycemic control and predispose to hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. These changes should be made cautiously under close medical supervision and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring should be increased. 
  • Hypoglycemia is the most common adverse effect of insulin therapy. The timing of hypoglycemia may reflect the time-action profile of the insulin formulation. Glucose monitoring is recommended for all patients with diabetes and is particularly important for patients using external pump infusion therapy. 
  • To avoid medication errors and accidental mix-ups between NovoLog® and other insulin products, instruct patients to always check the insulin label before injection. 
  • Severe, life-threatening, generalized allergy, including anaphylaxis, may occur with insulin products, including NovoLog®
  • As with all insulins, NovoLog® use can lead to life-threatening hypokalemia, which then may cause respiratory paralysis, ventricular arrhythmia, and death.  Monitor potassium levels in patients at risk for hypokalemia and treat if indicated.
  • Fluid retention and heart failure can occur with concomitant use of thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which are PPAR-gamma agonists, and insulin, including NovoLog®. Patients should be observed for signs and symptoms of heart failure. If heart failure occurs, dosage reduction or discontinuation of the TZD must be considered. 
  • Malfunction of the insulin pump or insulin infusion set or insulin degradation can rapidly lead to hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis. Patients using insulin infusion pump therapy must be trained to administer insulin by injection and have alternate insulin therapy available in case of pump failure. 

NovoLog® continuous subcutaneous infusion route (insulin pump): Do not mix NovoLog® with any other insulin or diluent. 

Adverse Reactions

  • Adverse reactions observed with NovoLog® include hypoglycemia, allergic reactions, local injection site reactions, lipodystrophy, rash, and pruritus. 

Use in Specific Populations

  • NovoLog® has not been studied in children with type 2 diabetes or in children with type 1 diabetes who are younger than 2 years of age. 
  • Like all insulins, NovoLog® requirements may be reduced in patients with renal impairment or hepatic impairment. These patients may require more frequent blood glucose monitoring and dose adjustments. 

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Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) Indications and Usage

  • Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) is indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.

Important Limitations of Use

  • Levemir® is not recommended for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. Intravenous rapid-acting or short-acting insulin is the preferred treatment for this condition.

Important Safety Information

Contraindications

  • Levemir® is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to Levemir® or any of its excipients.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Never Share a Levemir® FlexTouch® Between Patients, even if the needle is changed. Sharing poses a risk for transmission of blood-borne pathogens.
  • Dosage adjustment and monitoring: Monitor blood glucose in all patients treated with insulin. Insulin regimens should be modified cautiously and only under medical supervision. Changes in insulin strength, manufacturer, type, or method of administration may result in the need for a change in the insulin dose or an adjustment of concomitant anti-diabetic treatment.
  • Administration: Do not dilute or mix with any other insulin or solution. Do not administer subcutaneously via an insulin pump, intramuscularly, or intravenously because severe hypoglycemia can occur.

  • Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia is the most common adverse reaction of insulin therapy and may be life-threatening. When a GLP-1 receptor agonist is used in combination with Levemir®, the Levemir® dose may need to be lowered or more conservatively titrated to minimize the risk of hypoglycemia.

  • Hypersensitivity and allergic reactions: Severe, life-threatening, generalized allergy, including anaphylaxis, can occur with insulin products, including Levemir®.

  • Renal and hepatic impairment: Careful glucose monitoring and dose adjustments of insulin, including Levemir®, may be necessary in patients with renal or hepatic impairment.
  • Drug interactions: Some medications may alter insulin requirements and subsequently increase the risk for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.
  • Fluid retention and heart failure with concomitant use of PPAR-gamma agonists: Fluid retention and heart failure can occur with concomitant use of thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which are PPAR-gamma agonists, and insulin, including Levemir®. Patients should be observed for signs and symptoms of heart failure. If heart failure occurs, dosage reduction or discontinuation of the TZD must be considered.

Adverse Reactions

  • Adverse reactions associated with Levemir® include hypoglycemia, allergic reactions, injection site reactions, lipodystrophy, rash, pruritus, and if taken with a GLP-1 receptor agonist, diarrhea.

Use in Specific Populations

  • Levemir® has not been studied in children with type 2 diabetes or in children with type 1 diabetes who are younger than 2 years of age.

  • The background risk of birth defects, pregnancy loss, or other adverse events that exists for all pregnancies is increased in pregnancies complicated by hyperglycemia.

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References

  1. Holman RR, Farmer AJ, Davies MJ, et al; for the 4-T Study Group. Three-year efficacy of complex insulin regimens in type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2009;361(18):1736-1747.
  2. Holman RR, Thorne KI, Farmer AJ, et al; for the 4-T Study Group. Addition of biphasic, prandial, or basal insulin to oral therapy in type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2007;357(17):1716-1730.