Fiasp Approved for Diabetes
September 29, 2017 – The U.S. FDA has approved Fiasp® (insulin aspart injection) 100 units/mL, manufactured by Novo Nordisk, for the management of blood sugar levels in adults who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Fiasp is a new form of rapid-acting insulin, designed to be absorbed more quickly and effectively once injected than other insulins. The improved absorption rate is achieved by incorporating niacinamide (vitamin B3) as part of the product’s formulation.
A mealtime insulin, Fiasp should be taken either before a meal or within 20 minutes of beginning to eat. The product will be available in 10mL multi-dose vials, as well as pre-filled FlexTouch® pens. Although a release date has not yet been announced, Novo Nordisk has indicated that Fiasp will be offered at the same price as NovoLog® (insulin aspart). The company plans to offer a savings card program for eligible patients to reduce copays, as well as a patient assistance program for individuals who meet certain criteria.
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