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Watching an airplane take flight looks easy and smooth. It's actually a meticulous science based on accurate and consistent measurements. Combustors precisely regulate the fuel injection rate to help maintain a controlled and consistent propulsion during flight. Similarly, the self-injection process aims to bring a consistent and controlled experience. Our device engineers explored the operational components.

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Striving for Consistency with the Self-Injection

Striving for consistency with the self-injection

Planes taking flight are designed to create a repeatable and reliable experience. With self-injection now a common practice for patients with diseases ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to diabetes, shouldn't these patients be able to rely on a consistent injection experience?

We looked at some common self-injection devices for insight into how they are designed for consistency and control.

Prefilled syringe administration

A Controlled Dose

Prefilled syringes

Unlike products that may require premixing or drawing the medication from a vial, the prefilled syringe comes ready with a consistent drug volume. This manual option gives patients control over the speed of needle insertion as well as medication extrusion.

As a healthcare professional, you may remember being trained to puncture the skin quickly using a dart-like motion to insert the needle for subcutaneous injections. Patients are oftentimes instructed to do the same while self-injecting.

Whether patients prefer it fast or slow, they have the control while self-administering.

Control while self-administering
Spring-loaded pen injector administration

Click of a Button

Spring-loaded pen injectors

Some spring-loaded pen injectors come prefilled and include a hidden needle. This can help to shorten preparation time of the medication prior to the injection.

Automated for consistency with the push of a button, many pen injectors use tension from a single spring to trigger both needle insertion and medication extrusion.

With this automated device, injection rate is determined by the spring’s tension rather than a user-controlled depression of the plunger.

Rate determined by spring’s tension
Electromechanical automation

Electromechanical Automation

This website is for informational purposes intended for healthcare professionals only. If you are not a healthcare professional, please contact your doctor about ENBREL. Patients should be trained by a healthcare professional prior to using the Enbrel Mini® cartridge with AutoTouch® autoinjector. Detailed instructions are provided in the Instructions for Use.

In November 2017, we introduced a different injection device. Our device engineers utilized electromechanical technology to create a final product that would ensure a consistent delivery time.

In order to create the level of automated control needed, the device was designed to house 2 distinct motors–one for each unique force needed while injecting.

The first motor ensures fast needle penetration and is similar to the fast darting motion used with a syringe, with a minimum needle insertion speed of 200 millimeters per second (mm/s).

The second motor allows patients to control plunger extrusion force to their comfort preference, with minimum drug delivery speeds of 6 mm/s, 5 mm/s, or 4 mm/s.

No matter which speed patients choose, they get a consistent delivery of ENBREL with 3 preset speeds.

Two distinct motors for needle insertion and medication extrusion

Enbrel Mini® cartridge with AutoTouch® autoinjector Innovative features designed with patient insights

In a usability study of 60 participants who practiced a simulated injection*
0% agreed or strongly agreed that they always felt in control of their injection from start to finish with Enbrel Mini® with AutoTouch®

*Enbrel Mini® with AutoTouch® Usability Study Design In a multicenter usability study, 60 participants—55 adult patients taking medication for RA, PsO, PsA, or AS, plus 5 caregivers—were asked to rate their agreement from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) with the statement "I always felt in control of my injection, from start to finish". Each interview introduced the product, provided IFU-based training, and provided time to review the device and labeling. Participants practiced a simulated injection with a prototype device and cartridge that did not contain needle or fluid. †RA—Rheumatoid Arthritis; PsO—Plaque Psoriasis; PsA—Psoriatic Arthritis; AS—Ankylosing Spondylitis; IFU—Instructions for Use.

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