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Old 03-29-2008, 02:25 PM
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Default Re: Some notes on insulin terms

Just going to add here that some other insulins are also U 100:

Humulin R/Novolin R= U 100 = 100 international units of insulin in 1 mL of solution

Humulin 70/30/Novolin 70/30= U 100 = 100 international units of insulin in 1 mL of solution

Levemir= U 100= 100 international units of insulin in 1 mL of solution.

Lantus= U 100 = 100 international units of insulin in 1 mL of solution

Humalog/Novolog/Apidra= U 100 = 100 international units of insulin in 1 mL of solution

There's also another U 40 commonly used, but mainly for cats:

PZIVet= U 40 = 40 international units of insulin in 1 mL of solution.

BTW--PZI Vet will be discontinued. Notice was made April 8, 2008:

http://www.idexx.com/animalhealth/ph...ivet/index.jsp

IDEXX notice

http://web.archive.org/web/200702110...ivet/index.jsp

Link from IDEXX PZIVet pages February 2007--via Internet Archives. This page has now been replaced with the April 8, 2008 "Dear Doctor" letter; the old one can be read by using the link above.

"Proven stability for 3 years from date of manufacture"

http://www.vetsulin.com/PDF/Vetsulin...tor_Letter.pdf

Vetsulin is now FDA-approved for cats.

There are also some insulin strengths which can be obtained through a compounding pharmacy. The most common is U 40, but there is a U 50 strength available in beef insulin through a Texas compounding pharmacy, BCP:

http://www.bcpvetpharm.com/products_bovine.htm

"BCP PZI insulin is available in 100u/ml 5ml or 10ml, 50u/ml 10ml & 40u/ml 10ml."

The compounding pharmacies are able to produce vials of just about any strength insulin required. This compounding pharmacy works with compounding human insulin for pets, but most compounded insulin is beef:

http://members.tripod.com/diabetics_world/pets.htm

Congaree Veterinary Pharmacy
1309-B State Street
Cayce, SC 29033
Toll free: 1-877-939-1335
Fax: 803-939-0073 803-939-1335

http://www.congareevetrx.com/

"PZI r-DNA human insulin. Their general order is for U100 strength in 5ml vials. Pharmacist Terry Fiffick says he has made strengths ranging from U2, U40, U50 and U100."

If you're using one of the not so common strengths of insulin, you'll need to ask your vet the type of syringe to be used with this special prescription.

Last edited by We Hope; 10-10-2009 at 11:34 AM. Reason: removing syringe material/including Levemir