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Richard K. Bernstein fears that Regular insulin will be the next to vanish from the American market.
“Sooner or later, they are going to discontinue Regular because of all the promotion given to the new analogues,” says Bernstein.
Bernstein prefers Regular to Humalog, because he feels it is more predictable and matches meal plans better for people who are following a lower-carbohydrate eating plan.
“But you have to wait 45 minutes for it to start working, which for some people is an inconvenience,” says Bernstein. “The greatest value I see in Humalog is for when you are eating out and you don’t know when you are going to be served, or if you are correcting a high BG and you want it to come down fast.”
When asked if Regular would be the next insulin to be pulled from the market, Novo Nordisk told Diabetes Health it does not comment on strategies or marketing practices for any of its products.
Eli Lilly told Diabetes Health that it regularly reviews its product portfolio and makes decisions based on patient demand, new innovations and market conditions. “However, we have no plans to discontinue Humulin R or Humulin NPH at this time.”
Feb 1, 2006
Diabetes Health is the essential resource for people living with diabetes- both newly diagnosed and experienced as well as the professionals who care for them. We provide balanced expert news and information on living healthfully with diabetes. Each issue includes cutting-edge editorial coverage of new products, research, treatment options, and meaningful lifestyle issues.