Friday, April 09, 2010

Is your Apidra dying early???? Commenting Fixed, I hope

NOTE - blogspot decided I don't need to see any comments for some reason. I had to turn off comment moderation. Any comments on this post went into some kind of black hole, so please recomment if you said something before...

I live in upstate New York, I've tried two different pharmacies (an independent and a CVS) and I seem to run into issues with my Apidra dying about 10 days after opening a vial. It can't be my fridge as it happens even with the first vial I bring home from the pharmacy, which gets opened and set on my dresser.

This has been happening on and off since July, but it's gotten really bad since Christmas. I'm talking like 80% of the insulin I open lasts a week. Has anyone else seen this???

My last two bottles (different pharmacies, both not very effective after 6 or 7 days, and virtually dead by 10) are from lot numbers 40C413 (exp 7/2011) and 40C419 (exp 9/2011).

Anyone out there with those lot numbers, can you let me know if yours works? I suspect all the local pharmacies may get supplied from the same place....

Thanks!

5 comments:

Michelle said...

Let's try this whole comment thing again...Here we go!

Kelly Booth said...

I know this article is about 9 months old, but I was searching for problems with Apidra and came across this. I have been having this exact same problem. I had a feeling there might be other people out there because someone landed on my blog using the search term “Apidra problems,” although I have not actually written about any problems with Apidra, yet.

Val said...

@kelly -

Actually, last April I switched to a different pharmacy and had no issues for quite a while...Then my December batch started showing the same thing.

At this point I'm thinking of ditching Apidra and going back to Novolog - my new insurance doesn't cover Apidra as well and I just can't see the point of fighting and paying extra to get something that isn't working.

It's a shame because my BG has seemed much easier to control on the Apidra but climbing into the 300's overnight a few times a month has got to cancel any benefit from staying level after meals....

Kelly Booth said...

Thank you for answering me Val! I am not sure what I am going to do yet. I don’t want to deal with this either but I do like the Apidra itself. I have gastroparesis so having something that gets out of my system fast makes it a lot easier. I just picked up a new supply and if it happens with this next vial, I am going to call them about it.

Daniel Ugas said...

I'm a recent Apidra user, last 6 months, and I thought it was me accidently mixing it with my Lantus. It simply turns grey and into a gel like substance and with barely half the vial gone.