I am wondering if you have found any more info about this topic. GIven the menigitis problem of last month I have become increasingly interested in how we get our insulin --where does itcome from ---and how well policed it is. The supply issue is also important but given that we usually have a few months of supply in the refrig at all times--- I am more ocncerned about the safety issue. Appreciate any comments.
Unfortunately I don't have any more info. I'm currently operating under the assumption that things will be OK, but I don't have any particular confidence that they are or will be.
I don't know for sure, but it seems that much Novo-Nordisk insulin (Novolog, Levemir) comes from their plant in Denmark (outskirts of Copenhagen).
Eli Lilly's (Humalog, Humulin) main insulin facilities seem to be in Indianapolis, and recently (10/2012) announced their first expansion in 20 years.
Sanofi-Aventis (Lantus, Apidra) has insulin plants in Germany (Frankfurt), and Russia (perhaps for local consumption ?)
Wockhardt, in the UK, makes both cow and pig insulin as well as rDNA origin human insulin. They also have plants in India.
There are plants in Asia as well... China recently started manufacture of rDNA humam insulin.
The good news is that the big three are geographically distributed so one disaster woudn't take out all the world's insulin supply. The question is how short things might become if a major plant were lost and whether the remaining world suppliers could keep up with the demand.
Did you ever read Stephan King's novel "The Stand" published in 1978? I was absolutely scared to death, but realized his apocalyptic view of the world seems sound. No matter where things are manufactured, they must be distributed...
No electricity, so over time, no insulin.
Wow, do not mean to be so depressing. It has frightened me forever--Cold War to current problems. As with many chronic diseases, without meds things will not be happy....
That is true.
We got a small taste of life without electricity here in NY after the hurricane. We were without power for 11 days. Fortunately , not much damage... many others suffered far worse. We have a generator, but ran out of the propane to power it after 8 days. We couldn't get a refill since the demand was so high, there were not enough delivery trucks.
You probably saw the problems we had with gasoline delivery too, due to damage to the ports and pipelines, and the fact that the gas stations had no power.
After the generator ran out of fuel, we left to go to my in-laws 2.5 hours away , takinbg all my insulin stockpile with me to keep it refrigerated.
All the perishable food in the grocery stores had to be thrown out...and the storm wa sso widespread that most of the stores were closed.