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Pharmacy just gave me wrong insulin.

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by tomvonc, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. tomvonc

    tomvonc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Rather than my Humalog Purple cap, just opened my monthly sack of goodies from pharmacy, to find I have Humulin with a green cap! Are these substitutable or would it be a better idea to take them back?
    TIA
    Tom
     
  2. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    I'd double check with pharmacy just to be sure.
     
  3. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    take them back. generally differnt colours are different mixes
     
  4. totsy

    totsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    give them a ring , i dont use that type of insulin so cant help...sorry
     
  5. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Don't use it and just take the insulin back to the pharmacy and point out their mistake, however it may well be a mistake by your gp practice in which case a new prescription needs to be requested.
     
  6. searley

    searley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Humulin works slower than Humalog and depending on which Humulin could be much slower

    Take it back and get the correct stuff or you will have issues with your control


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  7. tomvonc

    tomvonc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Definitly a Pharmacy error. The dispensing label says 'Humalog' ;-) Tom
     
    #7 tomvonc, Feb 24, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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    tomvonc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Went back to chemist, and pharmacist was very apologetic and gave me the correct Insulin. Why cant I be given Morphine in Error sigh ;-)
     
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  9. Kat100

    Kat100 · Guest

    They will have to report their error with medication ......x
     
  10. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Pleased you got sorted Tom :)
     
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    Because you don't want to be totally zonked out ;)
     
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  12. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    DEfinitely right to take it back, a dispensing error is a serious business.

    I had the same thing happen to me - right insulin, but wrong patient. I ended up with "Mr Smith's" prescription which was the same insulin but about double the qauntity. I could have used it, but took it back and pointed out the error. I don't know whether he got mine or not.

    REmember this should have been checked 2 or three times before you get it.

    They were very apologetic and sometime later I received a letter from head office detailing investigations etc.
     
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    It's a good job you picked up on it and got sorted straight away. I was on the wrong insulin for almost three years! Gp didn't read the letter from consultant properly and put me on Humalog instead of Humalogmix 25 which explained why no matter what I did my BGs were up the spout.
     
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