Generic Name: insulin isophane and insulin regular (IN su lin EYE soe fane and IN su lin REG ue lar) Brand Name: HumuLIN 70/30, HumuLIN 70/30 KwikPen, NovoLIN 70/30, ReliOn/NovoLIN 70/30 What is ReliOn/Novolin 70/30? Insulin is a hormone that works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Insulin isophane is a intermediate-acting insulin. Insulin regular is an short-acting insulin. This combination insulin starts to work within 10 to 20 minutes after injection, peaks in 2 hours, and keeps working for up to 24 hours. ReliOn/Novolin 70/30 is a combination medicine used to improve blood sugar control in adults with diabetes mellitus. ReliOn/Novolin 70/30 may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Important Information Never share an injection pen or syringe with another person, even if the needle has been changed. Before taking this medicine You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to insulin, or if you are having an episode of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). ReliOn/Novolin 70/30 is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old. To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: liver or kidney disease; or low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia). Tell your doctor if you also take pioglitazone or rosiglitazone (sometimes contained in combinations with glimepiride or metformin). Taking certain oral diabetes medicines while you are using insulin may increase your risk of serious heart problems. Follow your doctor's instructions about using insulin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby. Blood sugar control is very important during pregnancy, and your dose needs may be different during each trimester of pregnancy. Your dose needs may also be different while you are breast-feeding Continue reading >>
Changing Insulin Brands May Disrupt Diabetics
For nearly three years after a miniature pinscher named Ditty was diagnosed with diabetes, his owner successfully managed his blood-sugar levels by giving him regular shots of insulin. Then Ditty abruptly turned hypoglycemic. His owner brought the shaky, unsteady dog to his veterinary clinic in Poland, Maine. Dr. Derralyn Rennix quizzed Ditty’s owner about what might have changed in the dog’s daily routine. Different food? More exercise? That’s when the owner remembered: A week or two earlier, the Wal-Mart pharmacy where she purchased Ditty’s insulin had switched his brand of medication because of changes in pricing. “She was told by the pharmacist that they were the same,” Rennix told the VIN News Service. “...They switched — without calling us, without asking us, without telling us, they just told the owner it was the same.” The idea that different brands of the same type of insulin are readily interchangeable isn’t unusual. It’s a common understanding in the medical community. But while it may be true for most human diabetics, switching brands seems to spell trouble for some veterinary patients. On the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an online community for the profession, numerous practitioners around the country have reported in recent months cases of dogs whose insulin brands were switched developing out-of-control blood glucose levels, a potentially life-threatening condition that can be expensive to remedy. Dr. Sherri Wilson, an internal medicine consultant at VIN, called the information “an eye-opener.” On a message board discussion in which multiple colleagues described cases of dysregulation, Wilson commented, “It has really changed how I think about this brand change ...” Asked about its policies and practices in substitut Continue reading >>
Can I Get Insulin Over The Counter?
Jennifer Smith of Integrated Diabetes Services answers a question about generic insulin brands available at WalMart. We receive many questions about over-the-counter insulin, so we decided to ask certified diabetes educator Jennifer Smith of Integrated Diabetes Services (IDS) about it. Here’s her answer: Today, most prescriptions for those using insulin cover the most up-to-date types of insulin – basal insulins such as Lantus and Levemir, as well as rapid-acting insulins like Novolog, Humalog and Apidra. Read “Can I Use Insulin Past Its Expiration Date?” When you buy insulin over the counter (OTC), these brand-name insulins are not available. sponsor ReliOn Brand of insulin at Walmart is available without prescription in some states. However, it includes very limited types of insulin. These are the older generation of insulins, including R insulin, also called Regular (a short-acting insulin and N insulin (an intermediate-acting insulin taken twice a day). These generic OTC insulins have a very different action profile than prescribed insulins. However, generic does not by any means indicate low quality. Having an insulin back-up plan in case you find yourself with an outdated prescription or short on funds is important. It would be beneficial to discuss with a health care provider how to go about using these generic OTC insulins before you have to use them, however. Read “Why Walmart Insulins Aren’t the Answer to High Insulin Prices.” Rapid-acting insulin works faster and clears your body faster. Basal insulin analogs typically work longer and more evenly without a peak in action, unlike the intermediate-acting insulin that has to be taken two times a day. R and N insulin types require users to have a bit more stability to their meals and daily activitie Continue reading >>
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ReliOn/Novolin NPH NPH/Isophane by Novo Nordisk intermediate-acting r-DNA/GE/GM U100 isophane Line Novolin Also known as Novolin N, Insulatard, Protaphane Similar to Humulin N, Humulin I, Insuman Basal Action in cats onset 1-2h, sharp peak 4-10h duration 8-12h Action in dogs onset 0.5-3h, peak 2-10h, duration 4-24h Use and Handling Type cloudy Shelf Life 18 months When opened 28 days room temp. In pen 28 days room temp. Notes protect from light and heat Do Not Freeze Do not use if product does not re-suspend Roll Do not use intravenously This type of insulin tends to have an onset of 2-4 hours, a peak action of 4-10 hours, and a total duration of 10-20 hours, in humans. These times seem to be similar in dogs, but considerably compressed in cats, possibly because of cats' faster metabolism. Cats seem instead to experience a 1-2 hour onset, a peak action of 4-6 hours, and a total duration of 8-12 hours maximum, according to user surveys on Felinediabetes.com It is a protamine suspension insulin, made by Novo Nordisk especially for Wal-Mart and Sam's Club. The only difference between the vials is the addition of the ReliOn name and the cheaper price. There is no quality difference between this insulin and Novolin N, Insulatard or Protaphane. Continue reading >>
Walmart, Lilly Team Up To Provide Human Insulin To People With Diabetes
Lilly's Humulin brand of insulin to be dual-branded as Humulin ReliOn INDIANAPOLIS and BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 22, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced today they're teaming up to provide an affordable insulin option for people with diabetes. Beginning in mid-September, Lilly's Humulin(R) brand of insulin will be available in Walmart pharmacies across the U.S. under the dual-branded name Humulin(R) ReliOn(R), including 10 mL vials of Humulin(R) R U-100, Humulin(R) N, and Humulin(R) 70/30 formulations. Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes, up from 21 million in 2005, according to the American Diabetes Association. Of those, about a quarter (27 percent) use insulin to manage blood sugar levels.(1) "With diabetes reaching epidemic proportions in America, it's more important than ever for participants in the healthcare system to work together to provide solutions to help people successfully manage this condition," said Keith Johns, Lilly's senior director for insulins in the U.S. "At Lilly, we strive to provide innovative, cost-effective therapies that help patients manage their diabetes. And as the nation's largest retailer, Walmart touches more consumers than any other retail organization in the country. This collaboration offers a unique opportunity to provide a low-cost therapy to large numbers of people affected by diabetes." Walmart has been a leader in providing quality, low-cost healthcare products to patients, pioneering and expanding access to affordable medications. Along with Humulin(R) ReliOn(R) insulin, Walmart also offers $9 diabetes management products, including the ReliOn Ultima Blood Glucose Meter, the ReliOn Ultima Blood Glucose Test Strips (20 ct) and the ReliOn A1c test (g Continue reading >>
Diabetes Alert: Insulin Syringes Recalled
should check their syringe package because of an important recall. Tyco Healthcare Group (Covidien) is recalling 4,710 boxes of the syringes -- with 100 syringes in each box -- that were sold at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club from Aug. 1, 2008 through Oct. 8, 2008. The reason for the recall: possible mislabeling and overdose risk. "The use of these syringes may lead to patients receiving an overdose of as much as 2.5 times the intended dose, which may lead to hypoglycemia, serious health consequences, and even death," states an FDA news release. The recall only applies to the following products: Product name: ReliOn Insulin Syringes -- 31 gauge 1 cc (with 100 syringes per box) Lotnumber: 813900 (on the back panel of the carton, or on the white paper backing of each syringe's "peel pack") Product identification number: 38396-0403-02 (on the top panel upper right-hand corner of the syringe box) The FDA says some syringes labeled for use with U-40 insulin got packaged with syringes for U-100 insulin. The FDA notes that Tyco Healthcare recalled this lot of syringes in October, and Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores have posted information about the recall and notified more than 16,500 customers about the recall. For more information, call 866-780-05436 or visit the ReliOn recall web site for more information. Customers will be provided with a replacement package. Continue reading >>
Harvard Pilgrim Preferred Insulin Products
Effective October 1, 2016, Harvard Pilgrim is designating preferred status to certain insulin medications indicated for the treatment of diabetes. Humulin (short- and intermediate-acting) and Humalog (rapid-acting) will become Harvard Pilgrim’s preferred insulin products on the Premium formulary. This same change will take effect on the Value formulary as of January 1, 2017. If you have patients with diabetes who are prescribed NovoLog, Novolin, or ReliOn rapid-, short-, or intermediate-acting insulins, please be aware that they will have to pay a higher copayment for these insulins as of the October 1 effective date. While the Humulin and Humalog products will remain at their current tiers, their equivalent NovoLog, Novolin, and ReliOn products will be moving to Tier 4 on the 4-Tier Premium formulary. Coverage of long-acting insulins will remain unchanged. Additionally, as of October 1, Harvard Pilgrim will require prior authorization for the coverage of NovoLog, Novolin, and ReliOn rapid, short-, or intermediate-acting insulin products on the Premium formulary. Harvard Pilgrim clinical review criteria, which will detail the requirements that must be met in order to obtain prior authorization for these products, are being created and will be posted to our website by October 1. Harvard Pilgrim will require prior authorization for the following NovoLog, Novolin, and ReliOn insulin products on the Premium formulary: • Novolin N Relion Novolin R NovoLog • Relion Novolin N Novolin 70-30 NovoLog FlexPen • Novolin R Relion Novolin 70-30 NovoLog Mix FlexPen The comparable Humalog and Humulin insulin products, listed below, will not require a prior authorization and will be covered at the preferred brand tier: • Humulin N/KwikPen Humulin 70-30/KwikPen Humalog Mix50/50 Continue reading >>
What Is Insulin Isophane (humulin N, Humulin N Pen, Novolin N, Novolin N Innolet, Novolin N Penfill, Relion Novolin N)?
A A A Medications and Drugs Brand Names: Humulin N, Humulin N Pen, Novolin N, Novolin N Innolet, Novolin N PenFill, Relion Novolin N Generic Name: insulin isophane (Pronunciation: IN soo lin EYE soe fane) What is insulin isophane (Humulin N, Humulin N Pen, Novolin N, Novolin N Innolet, Novolin N PenFill, Relion Novolin N)? What is the most important information I should know about insulin isophane? Insulin isophane is a man-made form of a hormone that is produced in the body. It works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Insulin isophane is a long-acting form of insulin that is slightly different from other forms of insulin that are not man-made. Insulin isophane is used to treat diabetes. Insulin isophane may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. What are the possible side effects of insulin isophane? Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of insulin allergy: itching skin rash over the entire body, wheezing, trouble breathing, fast heart rate, sweating, or feeling like you might pass out. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is the most common side effect of insulin isophane. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, nausea, hunger, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, trouble concentrating, confusion, or seizure (convulsions). Watch for signs of low blood sugar. Carry a piece of non-dietetic hard candy or glucose tablets with you in case you have low blood sugar. Tell your doctor if you have itching, swelling, redness, or thickening of the skin where you inject insulin isophane. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1 Continue reading >>
ReliOn/Novolin 70/30 R/Neutral/NPH/Isophane Mix by Novo Nordisk intermediate-acting r-DNA/GE/GM U100 isophane Action in dogs: onset 0.5-3h, peak 2-10h, duration 4-24h Line: Novolin Also known as: Actraphane 30/70, Mixtard 30  Penmix 30, Novolin 70/30, Novolin 30R Similar to: Huminsulin Profil III, Humulin 3/7 Humulin 30/70, Humulina 30/70, Humuline 30/70, Humulin M3, Profil 30, Umuline Profil 30 Humulin 70/30, Humulin Mix 30/70 Humulin ReliOn 70/30 Insuman Comb 30, Winthrop Comb 30 Names of Lilly r-DNA/GE/GM insulins worldwide Use and Handling: Shelf Life: 24 months Type: cloudy When Opened: 6 weeks room temp. In Pen: 6 weeks room temp. Notes: Protect from light and heat Do Not Freeze, Resuspend Do not use if product does not re-suspend Do not use intravenously  A mixed insulin, containing 30% R neutral and 70% NPH isophane crystal insulin.  All ReliOn insulins were made by Novo Nordisk and were identical to those in their Novolin line.  After October 2010, ReliOn brand insulin was no longer made by Novo Nordisk, who had been responsible for producing the ReliOn insulins since 2000.  The ReliOn insulins are still offered in the same types, R, NPH, and 70/30 mix, but they are now produced by Eli Lilly and branded as Humulin/ReliOn insulins.  Novolin insulins have NOT been discontinued; these insulins are available as Novolin N, Novolin R, and Novolin 70/30. Only the ReliOn/Novolin branded insulins have been phased out. The difference between Novolin 70/30, Actraphane 30/70, Mixtard 30  was only the ReliOn name added to the label and the less expensive price; they all came from Novo. Let's look at the differences in the two insulins. Lente is comprised of 70 % long-acting Ultralente insulin and 30% short-acting Semilente Continue reading >>
How To Get Insulin At A Cheaper Price
Insulin can be expensive. If you’re one of the 6 million Americans with diabetes relying on this main-stay treatment, you could be paying out-of-pocket costs anywhere from $120 to $400 per month, according to a 2015 New England Journal of Medicine commentary. Drugs such as Lantus (insulin glargine) and Levemir (insulin detemir) have seen significant cost increases, according to a recent trend report by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts. One reason for the high prices is the lack of generic options for insulin. So for now, you’re stuck having to search around to find affordable options. Where do you shop for more affordable insulin? For some people though, high drug costs can mean making difficult financial choices. Our national polls show people might cut back on groceries and paying bills to pay for their medications. To minimize your costs, consider these options: Prescription Assistance Programs If you don’t have health insurance or are without drug coverage, look into applying for a patient assistance program (PAP). Through the nonprofit NeedyMeds, you can find some programs that offer free or low-cost insulin as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. Those are usually based on your insurance status, income, and diagnosis. You might also qualify for a diagnosis-specific program that can help you save on syringes, pumps, and other diabetes supplies. Pharmacists are also a great resource and can help you find a PAP that meets your financial needs. Switch Drugs Another way to save is by asking your doctor whether there’s a lower-priced insulin that’s right for you. While “long-acting” is a more popular type of insulin, it's also more expensive, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it works better. “It’s mostly a marketing ploy,” says M Continue reading >>
Is Mealtime Insulin Right For Me?
Diabetes & Insulin In diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin or use it properly. This causes your blood sugar to go too high. Oral medications, like metformin, may help your body to use insulin more efficiently. Other oral medications can help your body make more insulin. However, these medicines often work for only a few years. When the oral medications stop working, you will need to give yourself background and/or mealtime insulin shots to help control your blood sugar. If you need insulin, it does not mean that you have failed. It is just a part of diabetes. Background insulin can help control your blood sugar when you are not eating. However, it does not cover the carbs that you eat at meals. If the dose of background insulin is raised to cover spikes in blood sugars that happen after you eat, your body will have too much insulin in between your meals and while you sleep. This can cause your blood sugar to go too low. This is called hypoglycemia. If you have high blood sugars after meals, this can cause tiredness, irritability, blurry vision, more frequent urination and thirst. Over time, high blood sugars can damage your feet, hands, and eyes. By adding mealtime insulin you can better match the insulin to what your body would produce if you did not have diabetes. This will help prevent both low and high blood sugars so that you feel better and get less damage from the diabetes. What is Insulin? Natural insulin is made from the pancreas to match what the body needs so your blood sugar stays in a normal range. The pancreas makes some amount of insulin all the time, called background or basal insulin. Background insulin helps to supply fuel to your muscles and controls the glucose that is released from your liver. Every time you eat, the pancreas releases a Continue reading >>
Relion Insulin And Other Products At Walmart
Having diabetes can be very expensive, which is why the most recent announcement from Walmart will come as welcome news: In an effort to save people with diabetes up to $60 million a year, the retailer has just introduced the low-cost ReliOn Prime meter and test strips to its ReliOn family of products. The meter will cost $16.24, while the strips will cost $9 for a 50-count package, coming out to 18 cents a test. Additional ReliOn products, such as lancets, syringes, and gloves, will see price reductions, while insulin products will be offered at the price of $24.88 a bottle. “We’ve worked closely with our suppliers and found a way to significantly reduce the cost of diabetes products for all of our customers, whether they have insurance or not, so they can better manage their disease,” noted John Agwunobi, MD, president of Walmart US Health and Wellness. For more information, click here. This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell. Continue reading >>
Why Walmart Insulins Aren’t The Answer To High Insulin Prices
A diabetes advocate contrasts the performance of generic insulins versus the more popular brands. Commentary Some people don’t understand why people with diabetes get upset at the price of insulin. They see insulin for sale at a relatively reasonable price in Walmart and don’t see the problem. What they don’t know is that these Walmart insulins just don’t perform nearly as well as the more expensive insulins, and that gap in performance can have a very negative effect on the health of people with diabetes. There are three insulins available at Walmart for the price of $25 – NPH, Regular, and 70/30 (a mix of the two). NPH was first approved by the FDA in 1950, Regular was approved in 1982, 70/30 in 1989. That means NPH has been around for 66 years, Regular for 33 years, 70/30 for 27 years. Take a moment and think about what healthcare was like in 1950. Now, I’m sure someone is saying, “Well, they must still work if they are still being sold.” And they do, but they don’t work in the same way. These insulins are not interchangeable. If a person with Type 1 diabetes were to switch from a Humalog/Lantus insulin regimen to Regular and NPH, it would drastically alter their lifestyle, making blood sugar control more irregular and raising A1C scores. The biggest issue is that whereas Lantus is steady, NPH peaks. A person using NPH must keep a very set dietary schedule, making sure to eat meals and snacks at certain times to correspond with peak times of an insulin dose. The strict schedule is difficult for everyone, but especially for children. They are unable to alter their daily schedules and must always be sure to eat at specific times. Even if they’re not hungry, they must eat to avoid low blood sugar. And if they are hungry, they often cannot have more t Continue reading >>
Brand Names: Humulin 50/50, Humulin 70/30, Humulin 70/30 Pen, Novolin 70/30, Novolin 70/30 Innolet, Novolin 70/30 PenFill, Relion Novolin 70/30 Innolet, ReliOn/Novolin 70/30 Generic Name: insulin isophane and insulin regular (Pronunciation: IN su lin EYE soe fane and IN su lin REG ue lar) What is insulin isophane and insulin regular (Humulin 50/50, Humulin 70/30, Humulin 70/30 Pen, Novolin 70/30, Novolin 70/30 Innolet, Novolin 70/30 PenFill, Relion Novolin 70/30 Innolet, ReliOn/Novolin 70/30)? What is insulin isophane and insulin regular (Humulin 50/50, Humulin 70/30, Humulin 70/30 Pen, Novolin 70/30, Novolin 70/30 Innolet, Novolin 70/30 PenFill, Relion Novolin 70/30 Innolet, ReliOn/Novolin 70/30)? Insulin isophane and insulin regular is a man-made form of a hormone that is produced in the body. It works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Insulin isophane and insulin regular is a long-acting form of insulin that is slightly different from other forms of insulin that are not man-made. Insulin isophane and insulin regular is used to treat diabetes. Insulin isophane and insulin regular may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide. What are the possible side effects of insulin isophane and insulin regular? Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of insulin allergy: itching skin rash over the entire body, wheezing, trouble breathing, fast heart rate, sweating, or feeling like you might pass out. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is the most common side effect of insulin isophane and insulin regular. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, nausea, hunger, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, trouble concentrating, confusion, or seizure (convulsions) Continue reading >>
Low Cost Insulin Available Through Major Retailer
On August 31, Wal-Mart announced that people with diabetes will have a new, low-cost option for insulin. In partnership with Novo Nordisk, Wal-Mart has introduced Novolin human insulin to Wal-Mart’s ReliOn brand of diabetes healthcare products. Available for $16.94 per vial, Novolin is the latest addition to Wal-Mart’s growing ReliOn brand of healthcare products, which include ReliOn insulin syringes, glucose tablets, blood pressure monitors and lancets. “We believe that this alliance will help the millions of Americans who are managing their diabetes to have easier, affordable access to this life-saving drug,” said Martin Soeters, president of Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Under the ReliOn brand, Novolin will be offered in three human insulin formulations: Novolin R (Regular), Novolin N (NPH) and Novolin 70/30 (70 percent NPH, 30 percent Regular). Wal-Mart advises consumers to consult with their physician before making any changes in insulin therapy. Novolin is available in all of Wal-Mart’s 2,600 stores as well as 466 SAM’S Club pharmacies. For further information, visit Novo Nordisk on the World Wide Web at novo-nordisk.com. I think that it’s safe to say that none of us were happy when we first found out that we had diabetes. The words “you’re a diabetic” or “you have diabetes” can sound like a death sentence and while we … Dear Nadia, Is marijuana used to lower high blood sugar? if so, does this mean I have to refrain from the munchies to get the benefits? Leah Dear Leah: The new Marijuana industry is still at its infancy in terms … Continue reading >>
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