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Old 04-10-2019, 19:37   #1
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I was reading this article and I was wondering how many of you prime your insulin pen before each use? I prime mine only when I open a new pen.

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I was reading this article and I was wondering how many of you prime your insulin pen before each use? I prime mine only when I open a new pen.
I'm the same way Cassie - I used to prime my pens and I figured I was coming close to losing a cartridge of both kinds of my insulin every month because of all the priming.

The only time priming seemed to be required (when I used to do it all the time) was when I was using a new pen cartridge for the first time. I've never experienced an issue after the first priming.

My sister who is on a tight budget and has no quality health plan asked me about primimg because she was looking for ways to save on her insulin costs.

And yes - great for the pharmaceutical industry - lets say you take 4 shots a day (I do) and each shot you prime 2 units - that's 8 units of wasted insulin per day - over the week that's 56 units and for the month - 224 units.

I don;t know about you but that's a lot!

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I take a nightly injection of Lantus. I only 'prime' the pen, when I start a new one. I waste from 3-7u on each pen, as I repeat the process if I do not get a clean flow after my first attempt. I do this to get all the air out of the pen so that I do not get a short injection.

Being in business all my life I seldom buy most of the media and Government explanations regarding why drug cost vary so much. From my experience every time Congress gets involved in the 'Free Market' process, it only hurt us consumers. If insulin producers had more competition amongst themselves, the prices would reach a best price balance. Government's motives are frequently influenced by lobbyists and not by voters....when large sums of money are at stake!

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I prime pens almost every time using 1 unit increments.

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I’m definitely in the prime once camp. Can’t see the point of waste.

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