Thursday, August 27, 2009

AP: Patients Have Suffered Effects from Stolen Insulin

FDA Warns Consumers of Safety Issues with Stolen Vials of Novo Nordisk Insulin

As repeated earlier in June on Secure Pharma Chain Blog and updated by Matthew Perrone from the Associated Press on August 27 the "The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid certain vials of insulin made by Novo Nordisk that were stolen earlier this year and may not be safe for use." Regulators stated that "the vials may not have been stored properly and could be dangerous to consumers."

In fact, "the FDA has received multiple reports of patients who suffered unsafe blood sugar levels after using the products." The agency "issued an alert in June after three lots of Novo Nordisk's Levemir insulin were stolen during shipment through Johnson County, NC." According to regulators, "only about two percent of the 129,000 vials have been returned."

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