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FAQs

Apidra® Pen and Pump

For answers to common questions about either the Apidra SoloSTAR® Pen or Apidra in a Pump, read below.

The Apidra SoloSTAR Pen: FAQs

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No. Do not share your pen, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.

No. Do not reuse needles. Always use a new needle for each injection. Reuse of needles increases your risk of having blocked needles, which may cause you to get the wrong dose for Apidra. Using a new needle for each injection lowers your risk of infection.

Each Apidra SoloSTAR pen contains 300 units of insulin. The opened (in-use) Apidra SoloSTAR pen must be discarded after 28 days. You should never use your Apidra SoloSTAR pen past its expiration date.

Unopened Apidra vials and Apidra SoloSTAR® should be stored in a refrigerator, 36°F-46°F (2°C-8°C). Protect from light. Apidra should not be stored in the freezer, and it should not be allowed to freeze. Discard if it has been frozen.

Unopened vials not stored in a refrigerator must be used within 28 days.

The opened (in-use) Apidra SoloSTAR pen should NOT be refrigerated, but should be kept below 77°F (25°C) away from direct heat and light. The opened (in-use) Apidra SoloSTAR kept at room temperature must be discarded after 28 days.

If there isn't enough insulin for your full dose, you can complete your dose by calculating how much more you will need from a new pen. For example: If you normally use 41 units and there are only 12 units left in your pen, you will need 29 units from the new pen. Inject the remaining insulin from the first pen, and then inject the appropriate amount with the new pen to complete your dose. Or, you can just use a new pen for your full dose.

It's important to protect your pen from dust and dirt, so you can clean the outside of your Apidra SoloSTAR pen by wiping it with a damp cloth. Do not run it under water or use any soap or solvents.

The Apidra SoloSTAR pen is available by prescription only. Ask your healthcare professional if the Apidra SoloSTAR pen is right for you.

Apidra in a Pump: FAQs

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An insulin pump is a device about the size of a small cell phone. It continuously delivers small amounts of insulin through an infusion line placed under the skin. If using Apidra, the infusion set must be changed at least every 48 hours.

An insulin pump has a reservoir that is filled with insulin and a microcomputer that allows you to adjust how much insulin is to be delivered. Pumps only use buffered short-acting or rapid-acting insulin (not long- or intermediate-acting insulin). Insulin is delivered continuously over 24 hours at a basal rate to keep your blood sugar levels in a normal range. You can program different amounts of insulin for different times of the day and night. When you eat, you use buttons on the pump to give you additional or "bolus" insulin to cover the carbohydrates in the meal.

When you sleep, you can try laying the pump next to you on the bed or even on a bedside table. Some pump wearers put it in a pocket in their pajamas or wear it on a waistband, armband, leg band, or clip it to the blanket or pillow with a belt clip. Do what works best for you!

Yes. Although insulin pumps are water resistant, you should not set them directly in water. Insulin pumps come with disconnect ports so they can easily be disconnected for showering, bathing, or swimming. Some pumps have special cases you can buy to place them in, which can be hung around your neck or on a shower faucet.

Talk with your healthcare professional to learn if Apidra can help you better manage your mealtime blood sugar as part of your overall diabetes treatment plan, which includes diet, exercise, and other diabetes medications.

  1. You can apply for a $0* co-pay–You may pay $0* co-pay if your cost of Apidra is $100 or less with your insurance. Sanofi covers up to $100 of your co-pay if your cost of Apidra is $100 or more with your insurance.

  2. If you have no insurance–You may be able to save on Apidra. Sanofi is committed to providing savings for people who pay full retail price for Apidra. If you are eligible, with the Insulins Valyou Savings Program, you’ll pay $99* for a 10mL vial or $149* for a pack of 5 pens. The Insulins Valyou Savings Program applies to the cost of the medication. There are other costs associated with overall treatment.

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*Subject to eligibility. Restrictions apply.

Yes, Sanofi is committed to making medicines more affordable for people who pay full retail price for Apidra. If you are eligible, with the Insulins Valyou Savings Program, you’ll pay $99* for a 10mL vial or $149* for a pack of 5 pens.

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Savings Offers

Learn how eligible patients with and without insurance can save on Apidra.

About Apidra

Learn how Apidra can help control blood sugar at mealtime and gives you dosing flexibility around mealtime.

Helpful Resources

Take advantage of different tools like the BMI calculator guides or blood sugar log to help yourself.

Indications and Usage for Apidra® (insulin glulisine injection)

Prescription Apidra is a fast (rapid) acting insulin used for adults and children with diabetes mellitus to control high blood sugar. It is not known if APIDRA is safe or effective in children less than 4 years of age with type 1 diabetes or in children with type 2 diabetes.

When used as a mealtime insulin, Apidra should be given within 15 minutes before or within 20 minutes after starting a meal.

Apidra may be infused subcutaneously by external insulin infusion pumps.

Important Safety Information for Apidra® (insulin glulisine injection)

Do not use Apidra if you have low blood sugar reaction or if you are allergic to insulin glulisine or any of the ingredients in Apidra.

Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others even if the needle is changed. Do NOT reuse needles. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.

Before starting Apidra, 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 never had heart failure or other heart problems. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with Apidra. Your treatment with TZDs and Apidra may need to be changed or stopped by your doctor if you have new or worsening heart failure. Tell your doctor if you have new or worsening symptoms, including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Swelling of your ankles or feet

Tell your doctor about all medications you take, including OTC medicines, vitamins, supplements, and herbal supplements.

When used a mealtime insulin, Apidra should be taken within 15 minutes before a meal or within 20 minutes after starting a meal. Test your blood sugar levels as directed by your doctor when using Apidra. Do not change your dose or type of insulin without talking to your doctor. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.

Check your insulin label to verify that you have the correct insulin before each injection. Use Apidra only if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible.

While using Apidra, do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Apidra affects you. Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that contain alcohol.

Apidra may cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:

  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include dizziness or light-headedness, sweating, confusion, headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, shakiness, fast heartbeat, anxiety, irritability or mood changes, hunger.
  • Serious allergic reactions. Get medical help right away if you have: a rash over your whole body, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, fast pulse, sweating or feeling faint
  • Low potassium in your blood (hypokalemia). Your doctor should monitor you for low blood potassium levels.
  • Heart failure. Your doctor should monitor you closely while you are taking TZDs with Apidra.

Get emergency medical help if you have:

  • Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, confusion.

The most common side effects of APIDRA include: low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), weight gain, itching, rash, swelling, allergic reactions including injection site reactions, skin thickening or pits at the injection site (lipodystrophy)

Important Safety Information for Apidra® (insulin glulisine injection) SoloStar

Apidra SoloSTAR is a disposable prefilled insulin pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection techniques and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.

Important Safety Information for Apidra® (insulin glulisine injection) when used in a pump

Replace the infusion sets (reservoir, tubing, and catheter), and the Apidra in the reservoir at least every 48 hours and select a new infusion site. Do not mix or dilute Apidra when used in the pump. Failure of your insulin pump or infusion set or degradation of the insulin in the pump can cause hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis. Always carry an alternate form of insulin administration in the case of pump failure.

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*Eligibility Restrictions
This offer is not valid for prescriptions covered by or submitted for reimbursement under Medicare, Medicaid, VA, DOD, TRICARE, or similar federal or state programs including any state pharmaceutical assistance program. Important to note that if you have an Affordable Care (Health Care Exchange) plan, you may still be qualified to receive and use this savings card. Please note: the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program is not a federal or state government health care program for purposes of the savings program. This program is not valid where prohibited by law.

Offer Terms for Apidra $0 Co-pay Savings Card
For the duration of the program, the Savings Card offers a $0 copay with a maximum savings up to $600 per box for prescriptions covered by private or commercial insurance. This offer is valid for up to 3 boxes per prescription.

Offer Terms for Insulins Valyou Savings Program ($149/$99)
For the duration of the program, eligible patients will pay $149 for each pack of pens or $99 for each vial. Maximum quantity of ten packs of pens or ten vials per fill. Offer is valid for one fill per month. When using the Insulins Valyou Savings Card, prices are guaranteed for 12 consecutive monthly fills. This offer is not valid for the Max SoloStar pen. The Insulins Valyou Savings Program applies to the cost of medication. There are other relevant costs associated with overall treatment.

Savings may vary depending on patients’ out-of-pocket costs. Upon registration, patients receive all program details. Sanofi US reserves the right to change the maximum cap amount, rescind, revoke, or amend the program without notice.

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Important Safety Information for Apidra® (insulin glulisine injection)

Do not use Apidra if you have low blood sugar reaction or if you are allergic to insulin glulisine or any of the ingredients in Apidra.

Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others even if the needle is not changed.
Do NOT reuse needles. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.