Monday, June 15, 2009

Stolen Insulin Vials Resurface in U.S. Market

Stolen vials of insulin have resurfaced at a Houston area medical center. The 10-mL vials of Levemir are from lots XZF0036, XZF0037, and XZF0038. The stolen insulin discovered was part of a shipment of 129,000 vials which was stolen in February this year in route from a Novo Nordisk facility in North Carolina.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public that insulin from these lots may not have been stored and handled properly and therefore is not safe for use. Patients with Levemir vials from these lots should contact Nov Nordisk Customer Care Center at 800-727-6500 for instructions.

The agency said it had received one report of a patient who had an adverse event due to poor blood-glucose control after injecting insulin detemir from one of the three lots.

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