Hubby and I went for dinner and a movie last night and saw Side Effects with Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Channing Tatum. The movie was very well done and I really enjoyed it, but it got me to thinking about the oft sordid and lucrative relationships between physician and pharmaceutical company rep.
In the 37+ years I have been taking insulin, I have NEVER taken a Novo Nordisk product. I started on Eli Lily Lente Insulin and probably about 5 years after the analogs came out I was switched to lantus (Sanofi) and humalog (Eli Lily). In that entire time I never asked why? Did my endo when writing the rx for certain brands of insulin do it because he felt that was the best thing for me ? Or did one of the pharmaceutical reps say "we have a nice trip to Cabo coming up, maybe you would like to go ?"
I now question everything because I have to advocate for myself and I also need to be my own doctor. Granted I can't actually write the prescriptions, but I can certainly steer an endo to see it from my point of view. Last endo visit I switched from Humalog to Apidra because I wanted something with a shorter tail to cover meals but not hang around too long afterwards to cause lows. This endo visit I am going to ask for a few levemir flex pens because the lantus and apidra pens are both Sanofi Aventis products and are just too similar I have already mixed them up in the dark of the car. I'll run my own experiments and see which long acting best suits my needs. But I am my own best guinea pig so the science experiment will continue. Wish me luck.