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How many unopened bottles of insulin do you have on hand right now?












































More than 25






I don't use insulin






Total votes: 715


How many unopened bottles of insulin do you have on hand right now?

Poll dates: May 15 - 22, 2005
Total Votes: 715

The top shelf of the refrigerator door is typically for eggs. In the home of someone with diabetes, you're just as likely to find insulin there. We wondered how many vials of unopened insulin a family typically has on hand -- and therefore stored in their refrigerator. In our home, it turned out to be nine -- four vials of Lantus (in case of insulin pump failure) and five cartridges of NovoLog (for the insulin pump and NovoPen Jr. backup). We also have an insulated pouch for carrying insulin when we're out.

A few visitors reported having a lot of insulin on hand -- 11 or more vials. About a third have 3-5 vials, which is several months worth for most people. One in ten had no unopened insulin, which might mean a quick trip to the pharmacy in the event of a problem.

We first asked this kind of question on December 26, 1999, when there were concerns about the "Y2K crisis" interrupting the production of everything, including medical products. Back then, more than half of our readers reported stockpiling extra insulin, just in case. In March of 2003, we again asked if readers were stocking up, but this time due to rising world tensions. The results then were mixed, with about one-third of readers not worried.

The top shelf of a refrigerator is for insulin, not eggs.
(And don't even ask about the cabinets.)

-- JSH

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