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Instruction Leaflet

SoloSTAR® is a prefilled pen for the injection of insulin.

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Important information for use of SoloSTAR®:

  • Always attach a new needle before each use. Only use needles that have been approved for use with SoloSTAR®
  • Always perform the safety test before each injection (see Step 3).
  • This pen is only for your use. Do not share it with anyone else.
  • If your injection is given by another person, special caution must be taken by this person to avoid accidental needle injury and transmission of infection.
  • Never use SoloSTAR® if it is damaged or if you are not sure that it is working properly.
  • Always have a spare SoloSTAR® in case your SoloSTAR® is lost or damaged.

Step 1. Check the insulin

A. Check the label on your SoloSTAR® to make sure you have the correct insulin. Apidra® SoloSTAR® is blue. It has a dark blue injection button with a raised ring on the top.

B.Take off the pen cap.

C. Check the appearance of your insulin. Apidra® is a clear insulin. Do not use this SoloSTAR® if the insulin is cloudy, colored or has particles.

Step 2. Attach the needle

Always use a new sterile needle for each injection. This helps prevent contamination, and potential needle blocks.

Before use of needle, carefully read the "Instructions for Use" accompanying the needles.

Please note: The needles shown are for illustrative purposes only.


Wipe the Rubber Seal with alcohol.


A. Remove the protective seal from a new needle.

B. Line up the needle with the pen, and keep it straight as you attach it (screw or push on, depending on the needle type).

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  • If the needle is not kept straight while you attach it, it can damage the rubber seal and cause leakage, or break the needle.

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Step 3. Perform a safety test

Always perform the safety test before each injection. This ensures that you get an accurate dose by:

  • ensuring that pen and needle work properly
  • removing air bubbles

A. Select a dose of 2 units by turning the dosage selector.

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B. Take off the outer needle cap and keep it to remove the used needle after injection.

Take off the inner needle cap and discard it.

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C. Hold the pen with the needle pointing upwards.

D. Tap the insulin reservoir so that any air bubbles rise up towards the needle.

E. Press the injection button all the way in. Check if insulin comes out of the needle tip.

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You may have to perform the safety test several times before insulin is seen.

  • If no insulin comes out, check for air bubbles and repeat the safety test two more times to remove them.
  • If still no insulin comes out, the needle may be blocked. Change the needle and try again.
  • If no insulin comes out after changing the needle, your SoloSTAR® may be damaged. Do not use this SoloSTAR®.


Step 4. Select the dose

You can set the dose in steps of 1 unit, from a minimum of 1 unit to a maximum of 80 units.

If you need a dose greater than 80 units, you should give it as two or more injections.

A. Check that the dose window shows "0" following the safety test.

B. Select your required dose (in the example below, the selected dose is 30 units). If you turn past your dose, you can turn back down.

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  • Do not push the injection button while turning, as insulin will come out.
  • You cannot turn the dosage selector past the number of units left in the pen. Do not force the dosage selector to turn. In this case, either you can inject what is remaining in the pen and complete your dose with a new SoloSTAR® or use a new SoloSTAR® for your full dose.


Step 5. Inject the dose


A. Use the injection method as instructed by your healthcare professional.

B. Insert the needle into the skin.

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C. Deliver the dose by pressing the injection button in all the way. The number in the dose window will return to "0" as you inject.

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D. Keep the injection button pressed all the way in. Slowly count to 10 before you withdraw the needle from the skin. This ensures that the full dose will be delivered.


The pen plunger moves with each dose. The plunger will reach the end of the cartridge when the total of 300 units of insulin have been used.


Step 6. Remove and discard the needle

Always remove the needle after each injection and store SoloSTAR® without a needle attached.

This helps prevent:

  • Contamination and/or infection
  • Entry of air into the insulin reservoir and leakage of insulin, which can cause inaccurate dosing.

A. Put the outer needle cap back on the needle, and use it to unscrew the needle from the pen. To reduce the risk of accidental needle injury, never replace the inner needle cap.


  • If your injection is given by another person, or if you are giving an injection to another person, special caution must be taken by this person when removing and disposing of the needle. Follow recommended safety measures for removal and disposal of needles (e.g. contact your healthcare provider) in order to reduce the risk of accidental needle injury and transmission of infectious diseases.


B. Dispose of the needle safely

C. Always put the pen cap back on the pen, then store the pen until your next injection.


Storage Instructions

Please check the leaflet of insulin for instructions on how to store SoloSTAR®.

If your SoloSTAR® is in cool storage, take it out 1 to 2 hours before you inject to allow it to warm up. Cold insulin is more painful to inject.

Discard your used SoloSTAR® as required by regulations.



Protect your SoloSTAR® from dust and dirt.

You can clean the outside of your SoloSTAR® by wiping it with a damp cloth.

Do not soak, wash or lubricate the pen as this may damage it.

Your SoloSTAR® is designed to work accurately and safely. It should be handled with care.

Avoid situations where SoloSTAR® might be damaged. If you are concerned that your SoloSTAR® may be damaged, use a new one.


Imported & Marketed in India by :


Aventis House, 54/A, Sir M V Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai - 400 093.

Maharashtra, India, Tel: (022) 2827 8000


Date of revision : January 2010 Ref: CCDM Version V2 Approval Date: 10 April 2008


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