Group of insulin delivery devices, 1985-1993.
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From left to right: Pur-in Pen insulin injection device manufactured by CP Pharmaceuticals Ltd, UK, 1992; Pen Mix 30/70 insulin injection pen, Novo Nordisk A/S, Denmark, launched in Britain in February 1993; first version of NovoPen dial-a-dose insulin delivery device, Hypoguard (UK) Ltd for Novo Industri A/S, Denmark, 1989; B-D pen insulin delivery system manufactured by Becton-Dickinson (Europe) and Meylan (France), 1992; Autopen 2. Diabetes results from a lack of insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas, which controls blood sugar levels. The discovery that animal insulin could replace mising human insulin, and restore diabetics to health, was made in 1921-1922 by Frederick Banting (1891-1941) and Charles Best (1899-1978).