Otago Daily Times

Di­a­bet­ics urged to keep us­ing NovoRapid in­sulin

- MIKE HOULA­HAN Health re­porter mike.houla­han@odt.co.nz Health · Pharmaceutical Industry · Medications · Medicine · Industries · Pharmacology · New Zealand · Otago

TYPE 1 di­a­bet­ics are be­ing urged to con­tinue us­ing their pre­scribed in­sulin, de­spite the dis­cov­ery of a batch of the med­i­ca­tion which is caus­ing blood sugar lev­els to spike alarm­ingly.

Peo­ple who use NovoRapid in­sulin have re­ported is­sues with the med­i­ca­tion, and the is­sues have been traced back to batch KR72M95.

The na­tional medicines au­thor­ity Med­safe was aware of the prob­lem, but as yet had not re­called the in­sulin.

Di­a­betes New Zealand said it was very con­cerned by the re­ports of faulty in­sulin, and said this was the sec­ond in­ci­dent with in­sulin qual­ity in the past three years.

‘‘We ex­tend our com­pas­sion to those af­fected by this, know­ing it will cause dis­tress for many who are al­ready liv­ing with a very chal­leng­ing con­di­tion,’’ chief ex­ec­u­tive Heather Verry said.

The is­sues with NovoRapid have been par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing for par­ents of di­a­betic chil­dren, and the Otago Daily Times un­der­stands Otago par­ents have been vo­cal in rais­ing the is­sue with au­thor­i­ties.

‘‘We do not wish there to be un­due con­cern around this,’’ Ms Verry said.

‘‘It is im­por­tant to be aware that not ev­ery­one us­ing NovoRapid is af­fected . . . we strongly urge that peo­ple con­tinue to use their NovoRapid.’’

A Med­safe spokesman said the is­sues with NovoRapid were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, but in the mean­time peo­ple should talk to their phar­ma­cists and try to ob­tain sup­plies from a dif­fer­ent batch.

‘‘Med­safe has con­tacted the prod­uct’s sup­plier to ur­gently ob­tain in­for­ma­tion about the batch . . . in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to Med­safe by the sup­plier to date does not in­di­cate a prod­uct qual­ity is­sue.’’

The spokesman said no in­for­ma­tion would sug­gest a re­call of the in­sulin was nec­es­sary, but the the sit­u­a­tion would con­tinue to be re­viewed.

‘‘For those us­ing in­sulin pumps there is also the op­tion to change in­sulin.

‘‘How­ever, this should only be done in con­sul­ta­tion with your GP or di­a­betes nurse.’’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand