Insulin Delivery Patches: Comparing the CeQur Simplicity and the V-Go

If your patient is looking for a lower tech, but easy to use on-body insulin delivery system, consider these options.


Authors: ADCES clinical staff and reviewed by subject matter experts.

February 27, 2024


What is an Insulin Delivery Patch?

Basically, the current insulin delivery patches are on-body insulin delivery devices without the technology included in many other types of options. They attach to the skin and deliver insulin subcutaneously through either a needle or a cannula inserted with a removable needle. Insulin patches have fewer options than insulin pumps: they can’t be connected to CGM’s or glucometers, don’t have a logging function, do not alert or alarm, and are more limited in their dosing flexibility. However, it’s this very simplicity and lack of technology that can make them an attractive option to many people requiring insulin.

There are two available options today, the CeQur Simplicity from CeQur Corporation and the V-Go from Mannkind.

Simplicity CeQur


The 3-day wear CeQur Simplicity provides mealtime and bolus insulin delivered at 2-unit increments. It is inserted with a needle into the skin that is automatically removed, and the insulin is delivered subcutaneously through a plastic cannula.

It is able to hold between 100 and 200 units of insulin (up to 180 units of insulin is available for use due to the 20 units that are needed for priming the patch). If more than 180 units is needed to bolus over 3 days, the patch can be changed in less than 72 hours.

The user must squeeze both buttons on the sides of the patch to deliver the 2-unit insulin dose, squeezing only one button will not deliver any insulin. 

CeQur is labeled to be worn on the abdomen with no less than 1 inch distance between sites upon a subsequent insertion. Proper site rotation should be followed for the health of the skin and to promote insulin absorption.

V-Go from Mannkind

V-Go (500 × 300 px)

The 1-day wear V-Go provides a continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion over a 24-hour wear as well as mealtime and bolus insulin. It uses a preset basal rate of 20, 30 or 40 units per 24 hours (depending on the size of the unit) that is continuously delivered through a steel needle. Up to 36 units are available to meet mealtime and bolus insulin needs.

The V-Go unit must be completely filled with insulin in order to function.  76, 66, and 56 unit capacity options are available to meet the user's insulin needs.

V-Go is labeled to be worn wherever one can give an insulin injection: on the abdomen, back of arms, thighs, buttocks. Proper site rotation should be followed for the health of the skin and to promote insulin absorption.


Additional Details about the Insulin Patches

Filling the Patches

Both patches need prescriptions for insulin along with the patch pump. They are filled with insulin using a syringe.

  • The CeQur patch is not designed to be pre-filled.
  • The V-Go patch can be filled ahead as follows: Humalog can be filled up to 24 hours ahead and Novolog can be filled up to 5 days ahead when stored in the refrigerator. Novolog can be filled up to 3 days ahead if kept at room temperature.


Both patches should be removed before MRI, CT scan or an X-ray for safety. People wearing the device can request not to be exposed to airport X-ray security. 

Affordability Programs

V-Go: With the V-Go Savings Card eligible patients may pay as little as $50 for a 30-day supply of V-Go.

CeQur: Eligible commercially insured patients may pay less than $50 for a 30-day supply and no more than $5 for a reusable Inserter. The CeQur Simplicity CoPay Savings Card provides people with diabetes an affordable way to get a 3-day wearable insulin patch. Go to the CeQur website to view more info as well as terms and conditions.



CeQur Simplicity
  1. Prescribe CeQur Simplicity 2U patch, 10-pack
  2. Prescribe CeQur Simplicity Inserter
  3. Prescribe a vial of rapid-acting insulin – labeled for use with Humalog® U-100 or Novolog® U-100
  4. Ensure patients schedule their training session to get started. Training must occur prior to first usage. A healthcare provider from your office or a CeQur Cares healthcare professional can train the patient. Have patients contact CeQur Cares Team at 1-888-552-3787 or [email protected].

Future of Insulin Delivery Patches

We’ve heard that additional competition in this product category is coming soon. We’ll release more information as it becomes available.

Comparison Chart




CeQur Simplicity


Diabetes Type

Adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes

Adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes


Type of Insulin

Rapid Acting: Humalog® (Insulin Lispro) or NovoLog® (Insulin Aspart)

Rapid Acting: Humalog® (Insulin Lispro) or NovoLog® (Insulin Aspart)

Location of Wear

V-Go can be worn any place that insulin can be injected or infused, including your abdomen, arm,
thigh, buttock, etc. Insulin is injected or infused into the subcutaneous tissue.





Size of Device

2.4 x 1.3 x 0.5 inches., 0.7 to 1.8 oz. filled, depending on units of insulin used

0.35 ounces unfilled
2.6 x 1.4 inches

Bolus Dose

2 units up to 36 units/24 hours

2 units

Total Capacity

76 units, 66 units or 56 units depending on chosen device

200 units total
180 units available for use (20 units needed to prep and prime)

Basal Insulin

Basal Range: 20, 30 or 40 units per 24 hours


Audible Click for Dosing



Assistive Dexterity Options



Wear Time

24 hours

Up to 3 days

Connect to CGM or BGM



Cannula/Needle for insulin delivery

4.6 mm 30-gauge steel needle

The soft plastic cannula has a 23 gauge (0.64 millimeter) outside diameter and a 27 gauge (0.41 millimeter) inside diameter. The length of the cannula is 0.2 inches (6 millimeters).

Inserter Disposable/Reusable



Waterproof information

Up to 3 feet, 3 inches for 24 hours

Water resistant to 3 feet 3 inches for up to 30 minutes


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