All About the CeQur Simplicity Insulin Patch
Editor’s Note: Educational content related to insulin patch technology is made possible with support from CeQur Simplicity, an active partner of Beyond Type 1 at the time of publication. Editorial control rests solely on Beyond Type 1.
When it comes to taking insulin, we need options. But so many of today’s options are ultra-high-tech, which can be a bit much for those of us who appreciate the simpler things in life!
One of the newest options available today is the CeQur Simplicity insulin patch. Ultra-simple with a low profile, this insulin patch technology offers a low-tech option that makes taking insulin for your meals and corrections much easier.
“It’s not a pen. It’s not a pump. It’s a wearable insulin patch!” explains CeQur’s website.
If you’re tired of taking multiple daily injections, but the complexity of an insulin pump feels too overwhelming, the simplicity of this insulin patch might be just what you need.
Let’s take a closer look at this wearable insulin patch and how it might fit into your diabetes management routine.
Quick Facts: CeQur Simplicity insulin patch
- FDA-cleared for people with type 1, latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), or type 2 diabetes aged 21 years and older
- FDA-cleared to be worn on your abdomen for up to three days
- The thinnest, lightest insulin patch on the market
- Meets your meal-bolus and correction dose insulin needs
- Each squeeze of the buttons delivers two units of rapid-acting insulin
- Holds up to 200 units of insulin, with a minimum of 100 units
- Uses Humalog or Novolog insulin
- Can be used in conjunction with injections of long-acting/background insulin
- Water-resistant—can be worn in water as deep as one meter for up to 30 minutes
- Insulin-containing devices should not be worn in hot tubs, jacuzzis, etc.
- The need for simultaneous squeezing of both buttons prevents accidental dosing
- Makes it easier to remember to take your insulin
- Covered by most insurance plans and Medicare
- Zero batteries, zero apps, zero accessories
- Discreet, ultra-thin and comfortable
How does the CeQur Simplicity insulin patch work?
The CeQur Simplicity insulin patch is meant to be worn on your abdomen for up to three days.
You’ll start by filling the patch with anywhere between 100 to 200 units of rapid-acting insulin (Humalog or Novolog) depending on your personal insulin needs.
Then, after using an alcohol swab to sanitize the selected area of your abdomen, you’ll follow the easy insertion steps. After the insertion needle quickly retracts, it leaves a small, flexible cannula in your subcutaneous tissue (body fat) that will deliver your insulin.
To actually deliver a dose of insulin when you’re eating or correcting a high blood sugar, you simply squeeze the buttons on both sides of the patch. Each simultaneous squeeze of these buttons delivers two units of rapid-acting insulin. To deliver larger amounts of insulin, you simply squeeze multiple times, adding up to your intended dose.
After three days—or earlier if the patch runs out of insulin—you’ll remove the patch, clean the area with an alcohol swab and prepare another location on your abdomen for a new patch.
Zero programming. Zero extra gadgets or apps or batteries. Just an easy-to-use and easy-to-wear patch.
Ultra-simple diabetes technology
The CeQur Simplicity insulin patch is an insulin-delivery option that falls somewhere between the old-school simplicity of daily injections and the high-tech complexity of an insulin pump.
CeQur Simplicity is covered on most commercial and Medicare Part D insurance plans as a pharmacy benefit. Where covered, most patients have a co-pay of $50 or less a month. Individual plans and pharmacy benefits may vary by patient.
Easier, faster and more discreet than taking an injection, this insulin patch is actually simpler than the simplicity of injections. Without all the bells and whistles of an insulin pump, this insulin patch sticks to the basics of convenience: it’s right there on your body, ready to go.
Whether you have type 1, LADA, or type 2 diabetes, an insulin patch could help you reach your diabetes goals—like improving A1c—by making it easier to take your insulin.
Ask your doctor about the CeQur Simplicity insulin patch if you’d like to take it for a spin!