For those of you who do not use a pump or a pen, how long do you use a bottle of insulin? All the info from the manufacturers says to throw it out 30 days after you begin using it, but I'm wondering what the general reality is out there.
Our daughter is two years old. She uses such a small amount of insulin, that there is no way she will use an entire bottle within the 30-day window, before the insulin "expires" or becomes "contaminated."
She was dxd on Oct.6,2008, and so far we have thrown out 4 almost full bottles of insulin, 2 Novolog and 2 Lantus.
When I think about all the people in the world who do not have access to insulin, it makes me sick to throw it out. But I don't want to keep using it, if it won't do her any good anyway.
Is there a way to get the unused insulin to people who need it? Isn't old insulin better than no insulin at all?
On a related note, is there any way the manufacturers could make smaller bottles, so there would not be so much wasted by people like us? I have a feeling that answer is all about money. Smaller bottles mean smaller profits to the manufacturers?? Maybe I am being too cynical?
Anyway, I would love to hear any and all thoughts and suggestions any of you may have.
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