American Diabetes Association Statement on Animal and Human Insulin, 1997

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The American Diabetes Association recognizes patients’ concerns with the discontinuation of mixed beef/pork insulin production in the United States. Patients need and deserve adequate education and assistance as they switch to either pure pork or human insulin. We strongly urge insulin-producing companies to recognize these concerns as well, and take steps necessary to give providers the tools to help their patients make this transition.

The Association acknowledges that human insulin will inevitably replace all forms of animal insulin.* Additionally, patients starting insulin regimens for the first time are recommended to use human insulin. Those patients changing insulin types or species should do so only under the supervision of their health professionals. Switching insulins does not pose a life-threatening situation for type 1 or type 2 patients.

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* Insulin Treatment, In Medical Management of Insulin-Dependent (Type 1) Diabetes 2nd ed., pg 35, American Diabetes Association.

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