Insulin Pen Needles


New Zealand has access to two brands of subsidised pen needles, B-D Micro-Fine and ABM. Either brand of needle can be used with any of the Insulin Pens available in New Zealand.

Your doctor can obtain subsidy for 200 pen needles on any one prescription; provided either that insulin is prescribed on the same prescription or the prescription is endorsed as being for a person using insulin. Your doctor can if he/she thinks it is necessary write more than one prescription. Or needles in excess of the subsidy can be purchased through a pharmacy.

All needles come in packs of 200 with a screw fitting to attach them to the insulin cartridge once it is in the pen. Needles are available in differing lengths (4 mm to 12.7 mm) and different gauges or thicknesses ranging from 29 gauge to 32 gauge. (The higher the number, the thinner the needle).

For more detail visit Pharmac here

For injection techniques read here