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This article was written by Amanda Ciprich, MS, RD. Last updated on 10/11/23.
Diabetes management has traditionally relied on insulin pens and pumps that either require frequent injections or demand a certain level of tech-savviness. CeQur Simplicity is a bolus-only insulin patch specifically designed for adults with diabetes. This insulin patch introduces a convenient and discreet method to insulin delivery. In this article, we’ll explore the CeQur Simplicity bolus-only insulin patch and how it might fit into your diabetes management.
What is an insulin patch?
An insulin patch is an on-demand device that individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes use to deliver mealtime or correction boluses.
Who is a good candidate for an insulin patch?
Individuals with diabetes who may be a good candidate for an insulin patch include individuals who:
- Desire a simple device. The operation and resolution of issues with many insulin pumps and automated insulin delivery systems typically demand a level of technological expertise. However, an insulin patch sidesteps the need for programming or potentially troublesome technology. Users only need to squeeze the sides of the patch to deliver a bolus.
- Prefer being discrete: Insulin patches provide an opportunity for people with diabetes to be discrete with their insulin dosing especially if they do not feel comfortable injecting in front of others.
- Dexterity challenges: Individuals with dexterity challenges may find an insulin patch easier to use in comparison to an insulin pen since a patch requires pinching.
- Fear of injections: Wearing a patch could save users approximately 9 needle-sticks over a three-day period. This can be helpful for users who fear needles or those who would prefer the ease of pinching as opposed to injecting.
- Having challenges with carrying supplies: When wearing an insulin patch, users do not have to carry their insulin pens with them all the time. They can have the peace of mind that they will always have their supplies on them.
What’s the difference between an insulin pump and an insulin patch?
Insulin pumps and insulin patches are two distinct types of insulin delivery systems with different capabilities.
An insulin pump is a device that offers both basal and bolus insulin delivery throughout the day to mimic the natural insulin production in the body. Basal insulin is delivered in either small increments throughout the day to help blood sugars remain stable in between meals. When it’s time for a meal or snack, users can easily deliver a bolus dose to cover the amount of carbohydrates consumed. Insulin pumps users can easily customize their basal and bolus rates to suit their daily insulin requirements and lifestyle. Some insulin pumps integrate with continuous glucose monitoring systems for automated insulin adjustments based on real-time glucose readings.
In comparison, an insulin patch is a bolus-only insulin delivery system that offers a small and discreet alternative for mealtime insulin administration and correction bolusing. It serves as an alternative option for individuals who do not want to wear an insulin pump, but still desire a needle-free method for delivering insulin. It can administer up to two units of insulin on demand when users click its side buttons. Insulin patch devices do not deliver basal insulin. Individuals who require basal insulin will be required to use long-acting insulin.
What is considered a bolus insulin?
Bolus insulin refers to a type of insulin that is administered to cover the immediate rise in blood sugar levels that occurs after eating or to correct high blood sugar levels. They are oftentimes referred to as rapid- or fast-acting insulin as they are designed to act quickly. Some examples of bolus insulin includes:
- Humalog (insulin lispro)
- Novolog (insulin aspart)
- Apidra (insulin glulisine)
- Fiasp (insulin aspart)
What type of rapid-acting insulin does CeQur Simplicity use?
CeQuar Simplicity is approved to be used with Humalog and Novolog for mealtime and correction doses.
How much rapid-acting insulin does the CeQur Simplicity patch hold?
The CeQur Simplicity patch can hold a maximum of 200 units of rapid-acting insulin and requires a minimum of 100 units when being filled. 20 units of insulin are used to prep and prime each patch, leaving users with 180 units of insulin for 3-day wear.
How often do you change an insulin patch?
CeQur Simplicity insulin patch is intended for 3 day wear time, but may require more frequent changes if insulin runs out beforehand.
Where do you put insulin patches?
Insulin patches are approved for abdominal placement. They should be horizontally placed and rotated at regular intervals to minimize the chance of infection, enhance insulin absorption, and maintain skin integrity.
CeQur Simplicity Insulin Patch Price
The CeQur Simplicity insulin patch is included in the coverage of many leading commercial insurance plans and Medicare Part D. The out-of-pocket expenses will vary based on the specific insurance coverage and plan of each individual user. Contact your insurance provider or CeQur customer service for pricing information.
For those seeking a straightforward and low-tech method to insulin management may find a bolus-only insulin patch a suitable option. However, as with any insulin delivery device, it's important to take into account personal preferences, lifestyle, and insurance coverage to determine whether or not this device is suited for you.
About Amanda Ciprich, MS, RD
Amanda Ciprich, a registered dietitian with a specialization in type 1 diabetes, was diagnosed with T1D herself at the age of 18. With her expertise and personal experience, she has authored two books, including "The Caregiver's Guide to Diabetes: Practical Advice for Caring for Your Loved One." As the founder of T1D Nutritionist, a virtual insurance-based private practice, Amanda provides counseling and guidance to individuals with T1D and their families, supporting them in effectively managing diabetes.