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NovoLog Mix 70/30 Confusion

When prescribing NovoLog® Mix 70/30 analog insulin, health care professionals may write an unclear prescription, or if using an EMR system, inadvertently select Novolin® 70/30 human insulin instead. Be on the lookout for these errors. Read on for a breakdown of the key differences between these 2 types of insulin. Before …

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All Insulins Not the Same

I recently had a home care patient who had been discharged from a skilled nursing facility with a prescription for regular insulin, and who was put on a sliding scale dosage. The patient was experiencing hypoglycemic reactions. I was called to see him to find out why he was having multiple …

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“Do Not Crush, Chew or Cut”

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From the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP): When a patient is prescribed a timed release medication such as Glucotrol XL or Glucophage XR, clinicians need to ensure that the patients understand that they should not crush, chew or cut these pills. The medications must be swallowed whole.  In one case …

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