Ask Nadia – Question About OmniPod

Dear MC, I asked the makers of OminPod your questions directly. They have given us a detailed response with action you can take to help influence legislation on approving coverage for their device. Keep us posted on your process. Wishing you the best in your health efforts, Nadia Question-  What type of insulin could be used in the OmniPod? I presently use Lantus and the

Read more

AskNadia: Allergic to Humalog and Medicare Will Not Pay for NovoLog

Hello Nadia, I got your email address from Insulin-Pumpers.org and hoped you can help me with an answer as to the current action of Medicare forcing people to use Humalog instead of NovoLog.  Medicare has refused to pay for the NovoLog and I am allergic to Humalog.  I was told you might have some useful tips to change their mind since being allergic to Humalog is not

Read more

AskNadia: Blue Cross Blue Shield Will Not Cover My Humalog Insulin

Dear Nadia, My Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance company who charges me $1,235 a month, just informed me that they would no longer cover my Humalog insulin for my insulin pump in 2018. This news comes with a $565 increase in my monthly premium, starting in the new year. MS Dear MS: The pharmaceutical companies contract with the health insurance companies based on volume

Read more

AskNadia: Accidentally Injected 50 Units of NovoLog Insulin Instead of Lantus

Dear Nadia: I was going to watch a little TV before going to sleep I was wanting to wait up on my husband to get home from work. I grabbed my Lantus and took it in to the bedroom so I wouldn’t forget to take it before falling asleep. After getting all comfy in bed I thought I should just go ahead and take my

Read more

Medication Errors “Oops Wrong Insulin”

A study of state hospitals by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority focusing on medication errors found dispensing insulin to be among the most frequent mistakes made. Twenty percent of patients were given the wrong kind of insulin from the pharmacy, 18.4 percent were given the wrong mix of insulin, and 17.4 percent of the mistakes were from misreading the prescription written by the doctor. Here’s

Read more

New Type 2 Drugs Change Treatment Decisions

Metformin, the cornerstone in treating type 2 diabetes, saw an increase in usage among type 2s from 23 percent of that population in 1997 to 53 percent in 2012. But that increase has since plateaued due to the introduction of additional drugs that target insulin secretion and glucose regulation. DPP-4 inhibitors, such as Januvia and Onglyza, now account for 21 percent of treatments. Long-acting insulins,

Read more

Novo Nordisk and Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Kendall Simmons Kick-Off Search for Type 2 Diabetes Patients Who Give Back to Their Communities

Share Your NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection) Community Star Story for the Chance to Win a Donation to the Charity of Your Choice! Super Bowl Champion Kendall Simmons and Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, have launched a nationwide search for the first NovoLog® Community Stars. As part of the program, type 2 diabetes patients successfully managing their blood sugar with NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection)

Read more

Type 1: FDA OKs Levemir for Two- to Five-Year-Olds

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Novo Nordisk’s Levemir basal insulin for type 1 children aged two to five years. The FDA decision makes Levemir (insulin detemir [rDNA origin]) the only basal insulin approved for use in this age group.Levemir, introduced to the US market in 2006, was previously approved for older children and adults with type 1 diabetes, as

Read more