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Insulin That Doesn't Need A Fridge Or Needle?

A young Monash University chemist and her colleagues have successfully strengthened insulin's chemical structure without affecting its activity. The new insulin structure means that it won't need refrigeration. The team from Monash University's Chemistry Department in the Faculty of Science has just filed a series of patents with the support of their long term commercial partner ASX-listed Circadian Technologies. Together, they're negotiating with pharmaceutical companies to start the long process of getting the invention out of the laboratory and into the homes of people with diabetes. Team researcher Bianca van Lierop said they're also using their knowledge to develop a form of insulin that could be delivered by pill. "Over two hundred million people need insulin to manage diabetes, but we still don't how it works at a molecular level," Ms van Lierop said. Her work is being presented for the first time in public through Fresh Science, a communication 'boot camp' for early-career scientists held at the Melbourne Museum. The poor stability of existing forms of insulin complicates the management of diabetes, a condition which affects 1.7 million Australians. "Like milk, insulin form Continue reading >>

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  1. Lucywestie

    A friend of mines son has Diabetes and as such has to travel with his meds in his carry on. They will be going to Scotland in August and Im wondering what is the best and legitimate way to keep the Insulin cool for the flights.
    I have heard of everything from bags of ice that will melt enroute to the permanent Ice packs. Just wondering what others do that travel regularly with meds that have to be kept cold. Bear in mind that they also have to keep approximately 2 weeks worth cool so that they have enough while on their holiday.

  2. emel49

    Why not ask the FA to keep it in the fridge in the galley?

  3. TravellerPlus

    I work in a hospital. The Pharmacy suppiles our insulins to the medication refrigerator, but the bottles are labelled good for 28 days when stored at room temp; the CPS agrees (even for insulin glargine [Lantus] which we used to keep cool at all times).
    Your friend should double check with her Pharmacist, but I suspect that the insulin should be fine if not kept in a fridge whilst on board the plane.

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