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judyp 02-24-2017 23:26

leftover insulin
 
I noticed someone else wondered about the leftover insulin in the vials after filling up pump reservoir 2 or 3 times. I can get two (2) filled reservoirs out of my insulin vial before opening up a new vial. There can be as much as 30 units left in the bottle that I just have to throw away. Seems a terrible waste of an expensive medication. I tried the recyling, taking a syringe and slurping up the excess insulin from one bottle and injecting another bottle with the filled syringe. Nope, somehow this taints the insulin and plays havoc with your blood sugar. I don't know what else I could do and I wonder if anyone has a good but trusted idea.

Bounty 02-25-2017 01:48

A shame to have to waist anything...this is true. But...it's all just math and it is what it is. I wouldn't concern myself about it. Life has enough concerns as a diabetic as it is.

judyp 02-25-2017 18:57

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Originally Posted by Bounty (Post 1196121)
A shame to have to waist anything...this is true. But...it's all just math and it is what it is. I wouldn't concern myself about it. Life has enough concerns as a diabetic as it is.

Yeah, I'm afraid you are right, but since my insulin is paid for by Medicare the "patriotic" part of me says, "I'm wasting tax-payer money!" On the other hand, I feel I am worth it:smile2:

Bounty 02-25-2017 19:38

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Originally Posted by judyp (Post 1196201)
Yeah, I'm afraid you are right, but since my insulin is paid for by Medicare the "patriotic" part of me says, "I'm wasting tax-payer money!" On the other hand, I feel I am worth it:smile2:

You are worth it. You sound like a good, patriotic citizen. Anybody at Medicare gives you any flack over this...you just transfer the call to ol' Bountyman...I'll take it from there. :wink2:

Daytona 02-28-2017 01:42

Are you talking about the insulin leftover in your pump? Or the insulin in the vial?

If it's the insulin in the glass vial, there is no need whatsoever to throw that out. When I don't have enough in the vial to fill my pump, I take whatever is leftover in the vial, and pay attention to how much was drawn into the syringe, e.g. 1mL, and inject that into the pump. Then I take a new vial, and draw up the rest that I need, e.g. 2mL, and inject that into the pump.

It's not recommended to recover insulin from your pump but I know some people do it anyway. If you do, it's better to take it out of the pump and put it directly into the next cartridge/pod. Never take it out of the pump and put it into a vial.


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