# Re: [IP] Insulin Prescription - what it needs & transfer Rx

```Hi Alan
Ibm assuming your are using an insulin pump. You do want to do the math &
figure out how much insulin you need per month so you donbt run out. Very
dose per insulin pump is all you need but it has to be the insulin pump daily
total dose which I donbt think the pharmacy understands. A CVS tech shouted
mine out & said you use that much per day? Ahhhhh They donbt understand Humalog
is your basal & bolus dose + prime+ must include # of set changes
Just in case you havenbt figured it out:

1)You should be able to find your total daily insulin dose on your pump. This
is daily basal total plus bolus total. Look at 7 days & get an average #

Average daily total _____ X 10%
(for sick days or ?) = ________ daily total

2) how many units do you usually use to prime your tubing? Add a few units for
bubble elimination

Now add 1 & 2 above #s together to get set change total
Daily total + prime total = set change total

3) how often do you change your pump sites? Every 2 or 3 days? Do you
frequently need to change early?
So 30 days in a month divided by 2 or 3 = either 15 or 10 set changes per month
Set change total times # of set changes =
Total units of insulin per month

Now you need to figure how many bottles of insulin you need per month
Really important to get right # of bottles
There is 1000 units in a vial of insulin
So
1000 divided by total units of insulin per month = # of bottles of insulin per
month

Pharmacies are horrible now.
Now you need to figure out
Number of units used per day:
To figure that out:
Set change total from # 3 above divided by 30 days = units per day
Docs used to include the # of vials
but I think number of units per day is enough

Hope I didnbt confuse you but you need to do the math so you get the right
amount of insulin per month
Do it on a piece of paper & show your Doc your figures & there shouldnbt be
any problems. You then have to make sure the assistant or who ever enters your
Humalog daily dose into the computer gets it right.

Ok of course if you go for surgery or procedures where pump comes off or pump
breaks this is not your daily dose. Hopefully you are going to a good Endo & you
will call her, give her your total daily dose from # 1, she will figure out your
long acting insulin dose & meal dose. She might reduce it or have you do
temporary basal until long term kicks in & when to hook back up.
It used to be 50% basal & 50% bolus
You Doc should give you doses you should always know your long acting insulin
dose (Lantus or _____) Incase of pump breaking. Once you get does from above
write down on paper! Put in meter case!
Sorry if you didnbt need any of above.
Take care
Angela

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 17, 2019, at 2:22 PM, Alan Segal
<email @ redacted> wrote:
>
> I am going to see a new doc tomorrow and need a new Rx for humalog.
> Usually I end up going to the pharmacy, and they need more info, such as
> total
> daily use even if the units varies each day.
> Does anyone have a template for what a complete prescription should specify?
> This is not for medicare or medicaid.
>
> On a little different note, a neighbor told me they had a Novolog Rx
> transferred from Walmart to Sams Club, and the pharmacist told him Medicare
> will not pay
> for a transferred prescription that gets billed to Part B. I'm thinking
> that is ridiculous, and the pharmacy has no idea what they are doing - am I
> right or wrong?
> .
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