Injections with a 4-mm pen needle1,2,*



Wash your hands. Remove the seal and push the new needle straight onto the pen. Do not put the needle on at an angle. Screw it on tight. Remove the outer cover.


Remove the inner shield.


Check the flow of medication by dialing 2 units and expel some insulin into the air until you see a drop of insulin. Repeat if necessary until you see a drop of insulin.

GLP-1 pens only need to be primed the first time you use each pen.


Inject straight in, using a no pinch technique.


Ensure an accurate dose. Post-injection, count for 10 seconds before removing from the skin.


Use the needle once and dispose of it properly. Do not leave the pen needle attached, causing an open passage for air.


 * Always check your pen or insulin syringe needle manufacturer's Instructions-for-Use and your insulin expiration date.

† Lean adults and children may require pinch up.

  1. Frid AH, Kreugel G, Grassi G, et al. New insulin delivery recommendations. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016;91(9):1231-1255.
  2. Berard L, Desrochers F, Hagerty D, MacNeill G, Roscoe R. FIT Forum for Injection Technique Canada: Recommendations for best practice in injection technique (3rd edition). Accessed May 30, 2017.