To improve diabetes management and insulin therapy, Forum for Injection Technique & Therapy Expert Recommendations (FITTER) India recommendations 2017 were released in Kolkata in the presence of Dr. Subhankar Chowdhury, Professor and Head, Dept. of Endocrinology, IPGME&R and SSKM Hospital, Dr. Debashish Majhi, Professor and Head, Vivekanand Institute of Medical Sciences, Kolkata and Dr. Larry Hirsch, Vice President of Global Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care Business, BD at The Press Club, Kolkata.
With only about 3 million injecting insulin out of 69.2 million who live with diabetes, India has low rates of insulin taking patients. This is a road block in the treatment of diabetes. Patients fear initiating insulin partly because of fear of needles and a sense of life-long dependence on insulin. However, awareness on correct insulin administration technique plays a critical role in therapy adoption, adherence and management of diabetes.
The key recommendations of FITTER are that the shortest needles (currently 4 mm in pens & 6mm in syringes), are safe, effective and less painful and should be the first line of choice in all patient categories.
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