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[IP] Humalog, Novolog, NovoRapid

> At 10:22 PM 8/30/2001, you wrote:
> >In a message dated 8/30/01 5:22:05 PM Central Daylight Time,
> >email @ redacted writes:
> >
> >
> > > Insulin can be purchased over the counter anyplace in the world
> >
> >Not Correct!  lispro is available by prescription only in most, if not all,
> >states
> Humalog is also a prescription only medication in all 50 states.

Here is the straight scoop.
Both Humalog and Novolog/NovoRapid are NOT insulin, they are what is 
known as insulin analogs. That is, the body accepts them as insulin 
but they do not have the same molecular structure. Specifically, in 
Humalog, two molecules on the insulin B chain are switched while 
Novolog/NovoRapid replaces one of the molecules on the B chain with 
another which is not present in insulin at all. In both cases, the 
changes are done to enhance the ability of the body to quickly absorb 
the material. Since these are not true insulins, they are not 
covered by the law that makes insulin available over the counter.
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