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Storage Of Insulin In Rural Areas

Sanjay Kalra1, Bharti Kalra2 1 Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Bharti Research Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Karnal, Haryana, India 2 Department of Gynaecology, Bharti Hospital, Bharti Research Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Karnal, Haryana, India Correspondence Address: Bharti Hospital, Kunjpura Road, Karnal - 132001, Haryana India Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None DOI: 10.4103/2249-4855.118669 Sir, It is well-known that many drugs, biological products, and vaccines are temperature-sensitive. One life-saving drug, which needs to be stored under temperature-regulated condition, is insulin. [1] Insulin is a life-saving product used for the management of all type 1, and many type 2 diabetes patients. It is a polypeptide, produced by recombinant DNA technology, using either E. coli or Saccharomyces sp. [2] Insulin analogs or modern insulins are also available, which are produced by changing the chemical structure of the insulin molecule. Insulin can be classified as rapid or fasting acting, e.g., human insulin, aspart insulin, lispro insulin, and glulisine insulin; pre-mixed e.g., pre-mixed human insulin, aspart and lispro; intermed Continue reading >>

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  1. GoRachel1989

    I bought two brand new vials of Humulin R on Friday afternoon, and forgot to put it in the refrigerator right away... so they ended up lying in a paper bag on my bed (away from direct sunlight, though) until Saturday morning, a few hours before dawn. When I realized what I had done, I refrigerated them immediately. Would my insulin have gone bad in that space of time? Has anyone here experienced leaving an unopened vial unrefrigerated for any period of time? What happened to it?
    I seriously hope those two vials don't go to waste because of all this... this disease is frustrating enough.

  2. noblehead

    Unrefrigerated insulin needs to be used up within 4 weeks.

  3. GoRachel1989

    noblehead said: ↑
    Unrefrigerated insulin needs to be used up within 4 weeks. Regardless of whether it was opened or not? The vials are unopened - the boxes haven't even been opened yet.
    What about the length of time that it was unrefrigerated? Would that not matter?
    I will not be using one of those unopened vials until the next month... and the other one won't be used until the following month.

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