Are you a lefty? Then be sure to read your OptiClik pen right side up, advises the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
In operating the pen, which takes Lantus or Apidra insulin cartridges, the user dials the dose by turning a knob at the end of the pen. The selected dose appears in a small window on the pen.
Users tend to grasp the pen with the non-dominant hand and turn the knob with the dominant hand. For right-handed people, this orients the pen in the proper direction, with the knob to the right and the needle to the left. But if a lefty grabs the pen with the right hand and turns the knob with the left, the pen is turned around, and the window showing the dose is upside down.
So take note, lefties: When using the OptiClik device, be sure to have the pen properly oriented when dialing the dose: needle pointing left, knob on the right. You can confirm this by noting that the “OptiClik” printing on the pen is right side up.
Note: Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of the OptiClik, points out that the pen is safe and effective when used as instructed and fully complies with industry standards and regulations. As part of its continuous improvement program, Sanofi-Aventis is taking the concerns raised by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices into account to reinforce the correct use of OptiClik.