Novo Nordisk Warns Don't Use Stolen Insulin
In a press release June 13th, Novo Nordisk Inc reported that three lots of insulin which was stolen in North Carolina has resurfaced recently at a medical center in Houston. The three lots of 10 millileter vials of insulin in question were marketed under the brand name Levemir(R). The lot numbers are: XZF0036, XZF0037, XZF0038.
The press release notes that a vial or vials of stolen insulin from lot XZF0037 was discovered this past week at a medical center in the Houston area. It is advised that patients and hospitals not use these Insulin lots as there are questions as to whether they were stored under proper conditions after the theft.
The company said patients / hospitals can locate the lot number on the side of the box of insulin or the side of the vial. If it is found that their is from one of the stolen lots, they should not use the insulin and contact Novo Nordisk at 1-800-727-6500 for further information and instructions.
Diabetes affects an estimated 23.6 million people in the United States, or 8% of the population. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Once diagnosed it treated with diet, weight loss, exercise, and medications (insulin or oral).
Symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability, and blurry vision. If you have any of these, you should see your physician and be checked for diabetes.
Novo Nordisk Press Release
American Diabetes Association