Novo Nordisk recalls insulin pen cartridge holders

Novo Nordisk voluntarily recalled five batches of insulin cartridge holders used in some of its NovoPen Echo devices over quality issues.

The drugmaker launched the recall after discovering the cartridge holders can crack or break when exposed to certain chemicals, including some cleaning agents.

A broken cartridge holder may cause the insulin pen to administer a reduced medication dose, which could cause high blood sugar in patients. Novo Nordisk said the risk of such an occurrence is low.

The drugmaker shipped the affected devices to distributors, sales representatives and replacement programs between August 1, 2016 and June 22, 2017.

Novo Nordisk is informing these entities of the recall and arranging to replace the insulin pens. The drugmaker encourages patients with an affected device to check their blood sugar levels more often than usual until receiving a new cartridge holder.

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