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Insulin Prescription fill does not include wastage.


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Old 04-26-2018, 01:59   #1
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I just had my Novolog filled at Walgreens. It seems that the corporate office is now requiring that insulin fills do not include any wastage or overage. In other words, that 1-2 units of insulin you waste when you put in a new needle is no longer included in the calculation for your insulin. While this might not affect some people, others will run short. Instead of a box of pens, I received 3 pens. With my slight increase of insulin due to illness, I will run out in that 28 day calculation. Fortunately, I have a good buffer right now so it's not critical, but I'm going to have to have my endo increase my insulin to 'fake' my amount of insulin needed or I will run short after 6 months JUST on the wastage, not even including Memorial weekend food fun!

Apparently, other large pharmacies are doing the same.

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I just had my Novolog filled at Walgreens. It seems that the corporate office is now requiring that insulin fills do not include any wastage or overage. In other words, that 1-2 units of insulin you waste when you put in a new needle is no longer included in the calculation for your insulin. While this might not affect some people, others will run short.
I had a similar issue a few years back and was always getting my Doctor to renew my insulin prescriptions (the prescription is required for my health plan coverage which covers the full cost).

I eventually told my doctor I take more than what I actually take to compensate for the additional units that get lost every day. This seems to work.

The interesting thing, back in the days when my insulin was kept in bottles and you used syringes, I don't think there was as much insulin waste. The biggest drawback with the pens - you often will have left over insulin that doesn't quite meet your required dosage. So what do you do? Take two shots - one with the old pen and one with the new pen?

I throw my partially filled pens out now - I already average 4 - 5 shots per day - don't particularly care to give myself more!

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I use the slow acting insulin and have had the same problem. So my doctor gives a prescription of 35u daily, but I use 26u daily....works well for me.....

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