In my 30 years as a primary care physician, I’ve talked with a number of patients about getting started on an insulin therapy, and what to do when it’s time to add a basal insulin to their treatment regimen.
As Executive Vice President for Education for the Primary Care Education Consortium (PCEC), I tell the residents and practicing physicians I work with that an important part of our job is being open and honest with our patients, every step of the way.
When it’s time for a patient to start taking insulin, I sit with them and talk in detail about the next steps. We also have a conversation about adding an injection to their daily routine.
In my practice, I prescribe Tresiba® for my adult patients starting on basal insulin. After writing the prescription, I take time to discuss the features of Tresiba® FlexTouch®, and give them an idea of how it works. We can then work together to integrate basal insulin injections into their daily routine.
Needles are sold separately and may need a prescription in some states.