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Did you know insulin is a biohazard

Posted Oct 30 2013 7:56pm

As we approach the eve of Diabetes Month, November, I think it funny that my recent episode with my insulin pen ended up the way it did. 

Last month I spent ten days in Scandinavia. I packed all my diabetes supplies and I had a few days left on my Lantus Solostar insulin pen and packed a second pen. 

When I went to use my new Solostar pen, the pen jammed: I couldn't press the plunger and get any insulin out of it. This has never happened to me before. Given this had been my back up pen (well, for the first few days of my trip) I had no back up pen. 

My husband and I went to a local pharmacy in Copenhagen where the pharmacist was very friendly and accommodating and said, even without a prescription she would sell my a new Lantus Solostar pen. The trouble was I couldn't get one. They come in boxes of five and I would have to purchase five pens for the equivalent of $120.

Well, that was not my idea of salvation, so I decided I would just withdraw the insulin from my pen with a syringe until I got home. And that's exactly what I did and basically it worked fine. 

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