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    It has come to my attention that Lantus insulin not only doesn't need to be, but shouldn't be, stored in a fridge after starting to use it. Now I gather other formulations of insulin are similar.

    Anyone got a list? I need it to advise Care Homes.

    Going to be fun with the District Nurses, too!

  • #2
    Re: Storage of Insulin

    I arrived one day to find insulin from previous day awaiting checking. I'm afraid I let it go as believe reasonably stable for the time being used in a pen.
    no problems reported.
    johnep

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    • #3
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      a specialistonce diabetic nurse told me that Mixtard 30 would be stable at room temp for up to 3 months , but its always best to check SPC or call company's medical info
      Kemzo the pharmacist forumly known as kemzero

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by the old merlin View Post
        It has come to my attention that Lantus insulin not only doesn't need to be, but shouldn't be, stored in a fridge after starting to use it. Now I gather other formulations of insulin are similar.

        Anyone got a list? I need it to advise Care Homes.

        Going to be fun with the District Nurses, too!
        Old Merlin,
        Please check your personal email as I've sent you a chart that I hope helps
        pharout

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        • #5
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          Can I be cheeky and ask where you got the chart Pharout?

          Was it online? If so have you got the link?
          Linnear MRPharmS

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Linnear View Post
            Can I be cheeky and ask where you got the chart Pharout?

            Was it online? If so have you got the link?
            Linnear,
            I've sent you a copy to the email address you have listed in this thread. It comes from the Pharmacist's letter which is published monthly here in the U.S. It is available online, however, you need a subscription.
            Pharout

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by pharout View Post
              Linnear,
              I've sent you a copy to the email address you have listed in this thread. It comes from the Pharmacist's letter which is published monthly here in the U.S. It is available online, however, you need a subscription.
              Pharout
              Let's ask the people at our PMR suppliers to find this out on put it on the systems, it would be a useful guide.
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              • #8
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                Originally posted by pharout View Post
                Linnear,
                I've sent you a copy to the email address you have listed in this thread. It comes from the Pharmacist's letter which is published monthly here in the U.S. It is available online, however, you need a subscription.
                Pharout
                Give us more of a clue and we can check to see if it's cached on google.

                Jeff

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                • #9
                  Re: Storage of Insulin

                  I was told my a gentleman from Novonordisk that once the patient opens the packet they can leave the injection they are using out of the fridge, and probably should. They should only be kept in the fridge when not being used to maintain shelflife.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Storage of Insulin

                    My wife was diagnosed with gestational diabetes 6 wks ago.

                    The diabetic specialist nurse said that the pens in use should NOT be stored in fridge. Get them out 12hrs before first use so they get to room temp. If not finished within 28 days then discard and use a new one.

                    38 days before dad time!!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Storage of Insulin

                      Originally posted by Jeff View Post
                      Give us more of a clue and we can check to see if it's cached on google.

                      Jeff
                      Jeff,
                      The website is www.pharmacistsletter.com. It was published in 2006 and the reference is: "Comparison of Insulins" 2006;22(9):220910. They usually give a brief description of each category and then if you want more info, you must go to the "detailed document" which is linked at the very end of the paragraph. The last number in the above reference is the detail document number.
                      Pharout

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