Important safety information for people with types 1 or 2 diabetes using NovoPen Echo or NovoPen 5

Posted on 05 July 2017

Insulin and injection pen company Novo Nordisk has detected that the insulin cartridge holder used in a small number of its NovoPen Echo and NovoPen 5 batches may crack or break.

Cracks or breaks can happen “if exposed to certain chemicals, for example certain cleaning agents.”

NovoPen Echo and NovoPen 5 devices are used by people with types 1 and 2 diabetes to inject their insulin.

Novo Nordisk is urging people using a NovoPen Echo or NovoPen 5 (or both) from one of the affected LOT/batch numbers to replace the cartridge holder.

A picture of the cartridge holder:

Insulin cartridge holder

The Novo Nordisk website contains further information including a list of affected LOT/batch numbers.