Letter of the Week: There’s One More Thing Insulin Manufacturers Can Do to Prevent Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups
I take about six shots daily, including two in the morning and two before going to bed at night – Lantus and NovoLog. I’ve been injecting 23 years. Luckily I’ve mixed up the two insulins only once, but it was scary.
Color-coding the bottles would only partially help a multiple user. Once the insulin is in the needle, it looks the same whether it is Lantus or NovoLog. What would really be helpful would be a color added to the insulin itself – all fast-acting insulin would be colored, all slow-acting would be left as it is.
Then, when I pick up my needle to inject, I would definitely know which insulin is in it.
Is this a possibility?
I would love to see an answer to this question.
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Editor-in-Chief Scott King poses: I have heard of folks putting injectable (bright orange) vitamin B-12 into their insulin. Doctors used to give shots of B-12 to folks who were tired or B-12 deficient.Click Here To View Or Post Comments