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Re: [IP] What would you do??



> Hi Michael,
> 
> > You an (sic) expect most modern insulin to loose 1.5 to 2% potency
> > per month when stored at room temperature.
> 
> I do not agree.


Would you like a copy of the letter I have from Eli Lilly, Co., which 
is clear an unequivocal on the matter?

Michael

> IMHO, any modern insulin that's been stored at ambient temperature
> does not lose appreciable potency until well _after_ its expiration
> date.
> 
> On June 20, 2003, I posted a message about this very subject which
> cited 4 independent sources concerning insulin shelf life. It can be
> viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/f5yr
> 
> In that message, I asked for anyone with contradictory information
> (from studies, not case histories), to post that information.
> 
> Michael, what studies are you aware of that conclude that insulin
> stored at ambient temperature deteriorates at the rate you describe?
> 
> regards, Andy
> 
> On Wed 3 Dec 2003 at 20:31 -0800, Michael replied:
> >> ... I found a bottle of insulin in an old diabetes bag. How long it
> >> has been in there, is beyond guessing. The insulin bag is
> >> insulated... Also the bottle does not expire until July 2004.
> >>
> >> Since insulin is now costing $69.95 a bottle, should I attempt to
> >> see if this stuff would work, or should I go ahead and toss it...
> 
> > Toss it. If it has not been refrigerated, it may have lost a 
> > significant (as in VERY LARGE) portion of it's potency during 
> > storage. You an expect most modern insulin to loose 1.5 to 2% potency 
> > per month when stored at room temperature. If it's been there 6 
> > months, it could have easily lost 10% of its potency.
> 
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