An announcement from JDRF this morning gave us the news I’d been hoping for:
Come the 1st of October (only a few weeks away) Fiasp Penfills will become available via PBS scripts. This is the outcome I had been expecting/hoping for based on scuttlebutt.
Prescriptions will come with 1 repeat. Each fill of the script is five boxes, each with five 3 mL cartridges.
No FlexTouch pens or 10 mL vials
Fiasp FlexTouch pens and 10 mL vials will not be added back. But don’t panic!
As I outlined in June’s article on pens and cartridges these Penfill cartridges can be easily used to:
- Drop into NovoPens for use in injections.
- Fill insulin pumps.
They also take up much less space in your fridge than five boxes of pens!
Of course, if you still have a valid prescription for vials or pens that was written before April 1st, you can get it filled up until the end of September.
Don’t have a NovoPen?
As outlined in another June article on this site the NovoPen 4, NovoPen Echo, and NovoPen 6 can be obtained for free from pharmacies or directly from Novo.
I gather that officially the NovoPen 6 (which has NFC uploads of dose history) was supposed to be only for Ryzodeg users (as Ryzodeg recently had supply of FlexTouch pens dry up) but all of those pens are solid devices that work well with all Penfill insulins.
You do not need a pen in order to use the insulin in a pump, but it makes a great backup option.
Thanks to everyone!
This is a positive outcome, and thanks to the hard work of lots of people. I was one of the first people to mention the Fiasp outage back in February, but many other people and organisations took up the fight, including my friend Belinda via her Change.org petition. Radio 2GB in Sydney provided a platform for a few advocates to speak up about it (they’ve put out a podcast update regarding today’s news).
And thanks to JDRF Australia for this morning’s announcement (and all their work leading up to this).