Iletin 2 Porcine (Pork) Insulin is Still
03/15/2004 06:40 PM
Iletin II - Monocomponent Pork Insulin
(Porcine insulin) is still available in R, N, and L but not UL, SL or PZI,
according to Eli Lilly. We are hearing prices ranging from $40 to $65 per
10cc Vial (1,000 IU). We are also hearing that many pharmacies are telling
diabetics that pork insulin is no longer available here in the United
States. This is UNTRUE.
If your pharmacy is not stocking pork
insulin, you can get it delivered from Eli Lilly or their distributor
for your area. Contact Lilly at 1-800-821-0538 for information.
Beef, Pork and synthetic Human Insulins
are NOT prescription drugs in the United States, only the so-called
"analogues" require prescriptions, though your insurance company
may require a prescription to reimburse you for insulin. They may also
object to Lilly's outrageous monopoly pricing. Because Lilly is exercising
its monopoly pricing, the Food and Drug Administration refuses to honor bona
fides USDA Import Permits so it is illegal to import pork insulin to the US.
Because of its contracts with middlemen, Lilly may be unable to deliver
insulin directly to you and may require that it be delivered to your
pharmacy or to your doctor. If you are able to get them to deliver to you,
please notify me by Email.
We would greatly appreciate learning the
difficulties you have in obtaining pork insulin as well as the price you are
charged and the expiration dates of the vials you receive as well as the
type of insulin (R, N, or L) you ordered.
For those of you changing from
human ( Humulin or Novolin ) or other synthetics ( Lantus, Humalog or
NovoRapid - Novolog ) to pork, this should NOT be a major problem, however,
I can state, from personal experience that pork is much faster and less
reliable for me than beef and scarcely better than "human
I would strongly urge you to
sign our Petition to have Congress pass enabling legislation to allow the
importation of Beef insulin from the UK and I will personally assure you
that we will raise the issue of Lilly's outrageous monopolistic pricing on
Pork Insulin for the US and endeavor to expand our mandate to allow
importation of Pork Insulins since even with the USDA Permit fees and
shipping charges, it would cost much less than Lilly's retailers are
here to sign our Petition.