As I have (and we all have) learned in school, a bottle of Humulin R or N is good for 1 month if kept at room temperature or if refrigerated good until the expiration date on the bottle. Right?
Not according to the Lilly Reps.
They are telling doctors and other retarded janitor-types who can write Rx’s that once a bottle of insulin has been opened, it is good for 28 days upon which it must be trashed. That really great for the cash customer who is on about 10 units a day and gets to shell out the 40+ bucks a month for a new bottle (as they toss out a 3/4 full one).
This bullshit started about 4 years go. The formula for Humulin R and N have not changed since god was a boy. What the hell caused this?
Heres the kicker. There are no studies to back this data up. Thats straight from the Lilly mothership. Turns out that Europe (thanks assholes) have this law that states that all injectables must have an expiration date of one month from the time of penetration (har har har). HOWEVER if the product was made before 1990 this law does not apply. Thats why Humalog and Lantus have the warning in the package insert to discard after 28 days. Humulin R and N do not have this warning (also stated directly from the mothership). The good ole USA just decided to adopt this standard without any studies to show that its even half way legit. Yeah, lets just do what Europe does, it worked so well for thalomide didn’t it?
Does this stop Lilly reps from spreading the gospel of ‘discard R & N after 1 month’ to every doctor and nurse out there? Hell no. Higher sales for Lilly! Fancier pens! Lower tops! Higher heels!
Lilly, you are fucking retarded. I hope all of you become cash paying diabetics who are forced to sleep in your own shit.