In part 2 of this Exclusive Interview, Scott Abbott explains how the V-Go insulin delivery device works in a conversation with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California.
Scott Abbott is the Director of Medical Development at Valeritas.
Transcript of this video segment:
Steve: So tell us about the device.
Scott Abbott: Sure. This is the V-Go. It is a wearable insulin delivery device. Think of like a wearable insulin pen. It’s approved as a pump like device. And how it works, the rapid-acting insulin is used in this device. The patient would remove the cap, take the adhesive liner off and expose the adhesive. And they would put it on their body wherever insulin would normally be administered. They push down on the button and it releases a very small needle subcutaneously and has started delivering basal insulin. This device delivers both basal rate over 24 hours of insulin and also provides on-demand mealtime blousing when the patient needs insulin by pressing the buttons. Imagine, we are sitting at dinner or we are at a business meeting or I am at work or something to that effect, and I need to take my insulin. I don’t need to go somewhere to do it, I don’t need to grab things, I don’t need to carry things with me. I do this and administer the boluses I need to at mealtime or at snacks.
Steve: How do you adjust the dosage?
Scott Abbott: The V-Go has preset basal rates that are prescribed. Those basal rates last over 24 hours. The V-Go can have 20 units over 24 hours, 30 units over 24 hours, 40 units over 24 hours. And every V-Go has the ability for 36 units of on-demand bolus dosing for when the patient needs it throughout the day. To remove the V-Go you push down and pull back on the lever, there’s only 4 buttons, the needle is bound back into the device and you cannot re-deploy the needle again so you take the V-Go off and dispose of it.