Insulin Guidelines:


  • Never use insulin beyond the expiration date stamped on the vial, pen, cartridge.
  • Unused insulin should be stored in the refrigerator, in the lower compartment at 2-8°C.
  • Never freeze insulin.
  • Never expose insulin to direct heat or sunlight.
  • In areas where refrigeration is not available, cooling jars or a wet cloth around the insulin would help.
  • The in-use insulin can be kept at room temperature (up to 25 to 28°C) for 28 days.


Before Injecting:

  • Inspect Insulin prior to each use. Insulin which has clumps, or solid white particles should not be used.
  • If the insulin you use is cloudy always resuspend it by gently rolling between the palms or moving the vial right to left 10 times.
  • Do not shake the vial or cartridge vigorously.
  • Never inject cold insulin.


Care to be taken while travelling:

  • Carry at least twice your calculated insulin dose.
  • Never store insulin in the glove compartment of a car.
  • Distribute the insulin in different baggage, as if one bag is mislaid, insulin is still available.
  • Always maintain the insulin storage temperature.
  • Store insulin in an insulated container to protect from extremes of temperature.


Discard the insulin if:

  • The insulin was frozen or exposed to high temperature.
  • The insulin has reached its expiry date stamped on it.
  • The insulin has reached the open expiry date.
  • You can see white flakes or lumps in your insulin.
  • Any deposits can be seen in the vial or cartridge which do not mix even after initial rolling.
  • The insulin is discoloured or clear insulin is turned cloudy.


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