Stolen Levemir Insulin may be Dangerous
Already, the FDA had received one report of a patient who suffered a dangerous side effect because he or she used the stolen insulin. The patient suffered poor control of glucose levels.
FDA advises people who use Levemir insulin to
- Check your personal supply of insulin to determine if you have Levemir insulin from one of the following lots: XZF0036, XZF0037, or XZF0038. The lot number is on the side of the box of insulin and also on the side of the vial.
- Do NOT use Levemir insulin from one of these lots. Replace it with a vial of Levemir insulin from another lot. If you must switch to another brand of insulin for any reason, first contact your health care provider because you may need a different dose of another insulin product.
- Always look at your insulin carefully before using it. Levemir is a clear and colorless solution. Patients should not use Levemir if it is discolored.
Levemir patients can contact the Novo Nordisk Customer Care Center at 800-727-6500 for instructions on what to do with vials from these lots or if you have any other questions.
For more information please see: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm167600.htm