FDA Warns Public About Stolen Levemir Insulin
Novo Nordisk product previously reported as stolen in North Carolina has resurfaced recently at a medical center in Houston.
FDA notified patients and healthcare professionals that some stolen vials of the long-acting insulin Levemir made by Novo Nordisk Inc. are
being sold in the U.S. market, may not have been stored and handled
properly, and may be dangerous for patients to use. The agency is
advising patients who use Levemir insulin to:
Check your personal supply of insulin to determine if you have
Levemir insulin from one of the following lots: XZF0036, XZF0037, and
Do not use your Levemir insulin if it is from one of these lots.
Always visually inspect your insulin before using it. Levemir is a clear and colorless solution.
Contact the Novo Nordisk Customer Care Center at 1-800-727-6500 for
what to do with vials from these lots or if you have any other
Tom Kubic, president of PSI
and officer of PSM, noted that "it's been over four months since the
original theft in February 2009. So who knows where or how these stolen
medicines were stored while they made
their way from North Carolina to the Houston medical facility. But one thing is certain, they weren't handled the way Novo Nordisk would have maintained them."