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k9diabetes 06-23-2010 03:01 PM

Relion N will be Humulin N
 

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100622-712043.html

Wall Street Journal June 22, 2010

Wal-Mart Changes Insulin Partners

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) is changing partners in its RediOne insulin, moving to Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) from Novo Nordisk A/S (NVO, NOVO-B.KO), the other big global insulin maker.

Lilly's Humulin will be co-branded under Wal-Mart's ReliOn stable of diabetes products, which include glucose meters and test strips.

The move doesn't appear to be tied to Wal-Mart's stepped-up "rollback" strategy in which the retailer is vigorously cutting prices on many items. Wal-Mart will set the price but hasn't done so yet, although Eli Lilly believes the cost will be comparable to the current ReliOn offering, Lilly spokesman J. Scott Macgregor said.

Novo had produced this W-M line of insulins since it began in 2000,

Noodle 06-24-2010 10:40 AM

Re: Wow... after all the discussion, looks like Relion N will be Humulin N in the fut
 
Noodle is currently on the Eli Lilly version of Humulin N. This could be interesting for us. I tried the ReliOn insulin with Noodle last year and his numbers shot up. Switched back to Eli Lilly version from Walgreen's and back down they went. Tried it again a few months later - same problem. We never did figure out if it was something in the ReliOn that doesn't work well for Noodle, or a supply/handling issue at our Walmart.

I'd be willing to give it another shot (pun not intended, lol) when they make the switch, knowing it's the same brand he is already successfully using. Does this mean even the inert ingredients should stay the same?

Patty 06-24-2010 02:58 PM

Re: Wow... after all the discussion, looks like Relion N will be Humulin N in the fut
 
Quote:

Does this mean even the inert ingredients should stay the same?
My understanding is that the product is exactly the same. It's just the marketing/contract with the company that allows it to be sold under the name Relion at lower cost.

k9diabetes 07-01-2010 10:46 AM

Re: Wow... after all the discussion, looks like Relion N will be Humulin N in the fut
 
Just a bump up on this.

Natalie

eileen 07-01-2010 12:27 PM

Re: Wow... after all the discussion, looks like Relion N will be Humulin N in the fut
 
Funny thing...when I asked my Walmart pharmacist a question regarding this change over this morning he had no idea what I was talking about.

He thanked me and said he would look into it so to be informed.

k9diabetes 07-09-2010 09:30 PM

Re: Wow... after all the discussion, looks like Relion N will be Humulin N in the fut
 
A member reported that her local Walmart had Relion N on backorder, possibly because of the switch to Humulin as the provider of Relion. So beware of potential backorder problems with the inexpensive version.

That Walmart still had name brand Novolin in stock at almost $30 more per bottle.

Natalie

Harry 07-11-2010 06:03 AM

Re: Wow... after all the discussion, looks like Relion N will be Humulin N in the fut
 
I went to WalMart yesterday to get some Novolin N and syringes; "no stock" and no idea when NPH insulin will be available. The clerk and pharmacist had no idea why it was pulled from stock?!

It looked like their supply of Relion syringes were dwindling as well. I got the last box of 3/10's.


Harry & Fergy.

CarolW 07-11-2010 06:14 AM

Re: Wow... after all the discussion, looks like Relion N will be Humulin N in the fut
 
Syringes too! Gosh, Harry, I'm glad you got a box; I'm sure Fergy greatly appreciates that!

Too bad it's still not even mid-July, and that ReliOn-Novolin-N seems to be disappearing - this could be a bit rough on a lot of people and dogs!

Sun, 11 Jul 2010 06:14:25 (PDT)

eileen 07-11-2010 06:24 AM

Re: Wow... after all the discussion, looks like Relion N will be Humulin N in the fut
 
It's never been unusual for one of my local Walmarts to be out of the syringes I need, I think it must be bad organization on the part of whoever reorders stock as another Walmart across town is never without.

ReliOn Diabetes 07-12-2010 08:20 AM

Re: Relion N will be Humulin N; Changeover is causing shortages of Relion N
 
Hi All,
We just wanted to let you know that the insulin out of stock issue should be over. All distribution centers received a fresh shipment on Friday, so perhaps just give your local store a ring to make sure they have received it.

This is not due to the impending change to Humulin, rather just unexpected popularity. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.

If you have any questions or comments in the future, let us know on Facebook (ReliOn) or Twitter (@ReliOnDiabetes).

Thanks for all of your support!


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