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Old 03-07-2009, 10:06 AM
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Default Re: Jazzy Girl

We could very easily determine whether NPH would save you money. There is a lot of variation in markup from the vets selling Vetsulin so that would be a factor - need to know how much your vet is charging you.

Vetsulin being more dilute, you get fewer injections out of the same size bottle.

Just for ease of comparison, let's use a 5 unit dose of insulin given twice a day so 10 units of insulin given every day.

In a 10 mL bottle of Vetsulin, there is a total of 400 units of insulin so if you used every last drop you would have 40 days of injections from that bottle.

In a 10 mL bottle of NPH, there is a total of 1,000 units of insulin so if you used every last drop you would have 100 days of injections from that bottle.

Even if the two bottles cost the same amount - let's say $30, which is about what NPH costs - the NPH bottle lasts 2.5 times longer, making it vastly less expensive. The Vetsulin would cost 75 cents a day while the NPH would cost 30 cents a day.

Natalie