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Do you stock pile Insulin

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Chowie, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. Chowie

    Chowie Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I just got a new supply of insulin. We get 75mil at a time which for me is about 6 months in Australia. I normally run the supply down to about 5 days until I get a new supply.
    With the news going crazy around the world
    UK - Brexit
    Aus - Storms and cyclones
    Japan - Earthquakes and Tsunami’s
    World - Russia looking for a fight, Nth Korea looking for a fight with anything that moves
    USA - so much to be paranoid about

    Do you keep at least a months supply of Insulin and accessories?
     
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  2. Kittycat_7_

    Kittycat_7_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I keep a month supply
     
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  3. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    That should read:

    USA: Trump looking for a fight with anything that moves.

    Nth Korea: Kim so much to be paranoid about because of Trump.

    I have a complete extra supply of all of my medications, I do not use insulin though.
     
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  4. Chickenboy

    Chickenboy Type 1 · Active Member

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    I keep about 3 months of everything in case anything kicks off. This keeps you alive and I ain't taking any risks!

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  5. evilclive

    evilclive Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    When I break into a box of 5 3ml vials, I'll order a new one. That's about 6 weeks supply. I might get one a bit in advance soon though,
     
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  6. Dodo

    Dodo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have always kept about three months supply just to be sure I never run out or if I have a problem obtaining it,
     
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  7. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Good to see the UK told to make "contingency plans" for everything.
     
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    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've always reordered when I've just the one pen or vial left as I'm able to get a same day script if I go in and pester on a morning so haven't worried before, currently I've an unopened box of each type of insulin and intend doubling up on that before the end of February ready for Brexit.
    I very much doubt it'll affect the importation of insulin but better safe than sorry....
     
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  9. slip

    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I normally keep at least 1 months worth of insulin ‘in stock’ in the fridge, testing strips I let it get down to just over a weeks worth, I will however put in for an extra boxes in Feb/March.......!
     
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    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    With so many people 'doubling up' on stock it will probably cause a shortage even without Brexit!
     
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  11. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    In the old days hoarders were imprisoned or executed or worse.
     
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  12. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking that the other day, but honestly if I still lived in the UK I'd do the same thing. It's not as though you can just "do without" insulin for a couple of days.
    I normally have at least a couple of weeks supply in stock, a few cartridges.
     
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    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I always order a new supply when I am down to the last vial in my Toujeo and the last 2 in my Fiasp. I think to stockpile would be the height of selfishness to all other diabetics. Far better if there is a shortage that insulin is shared out evenly. I would not be happy if someone ended up ill because I had thought I was more important than the next diabetic and had an extra stash.
     
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  14. Dodo

    Dodo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Nothing to do with being selfish as in the past I have known dispensaries run low on certain insulin products due to manufacturing problems and being able to get hold of it. There is also the chance that something may happen to your last vial or box.
     
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  15. slip

    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm feeling persecuted! :hilarious: At which point is it hoarding though? 2,3 or 4 boxes of each? depends how much you use.

    I quite agree no one should go mad and cause issues for fellow insulin users.
     
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  16. EllsKBells

    EllsKBells Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I like to have at least one box of five cartridges in reserve, in case there is a problem with the prescription or the pharmacy. Only on two occasions have I really 'stockpiled', when moving and changing GPs, as getting new prescriptions set up can be a nightmare, particularly if the GP in question is uncooperative.

    The major downside to excessive stockpiling, other than the obvious shortages elsewhere, is that if something were to happen, for instance an overexcited fridge freezing everything, you could end up losing lots and lots, rather than only a few cartridges worth, which is a lot of money down the drain for the NHS. And if everyone else has been stockpiling too, then you might struggle to replace it!
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    My fridge isn't big enough for a 3mth supply but I have enough incase my reducing Dapagliflozin tablet gets me overly demented with thrush and I have to stop it over Christmas. Which doubles my Novarapid and Toujeo300 needs. Still using vegetables and milkshakes over Christmas with a day off on Christmas day. Still losing weight, currently.
     
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    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Wanting to have a months supply in advance may be ok and efficient but 'stockpiling' in the context of the question means months of supplies 'just in case'. That IS selfish in my opinion.
     
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  19. Dodo

    Dodo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Three months of ‘stockpiling’ supplies is approximately three boxes of Novorapid and two of Lantus. As Slip has stated above, it depends how much you use. My supply has nothing to do with Brexit, I doubt it will cause any problems.
     
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  20. Chris Bowsher

    Chris Bowsher Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    if you haven't got a stockpile by hard brexit, then its the perfect excuse to go on a diet.
     
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