Kim M. Pfotenhauer, DO: Howdy, Jay. Thank you for having me.
Dr Shubrook: Writing a prescription for insulin is, in many ways, much more durable than writing a prescription for a pill or a capsule. In truth, pharmacists inform us all the time that insulin prescriptions are some of the widespread prescriptions sent back due to errors in how they’re written, together with being written incompletely.
I want to speak a bit bit about greatest practices in prescription writing for insulin. When you’re writing a prescription for insulin, how do you begin? What do you contemplate?
Dr Pfotenhauer: One of many first things that you must think about after choosing an insulin is what the dose of the insulin goes to be. You need to take into consideration a number of issues. It’s a must to take into consideration the focus of the insulin that you’re utilizing and whether it’s dosed in a pen or a vial. As an example, if a patient is taking 10 U in the night, we all know that pens include 100 U/mL, and there are 3 mL in every pen. If your affected person is utilizing 10 U in the evening, the monthly dose is calculated at about 300 U, which would be 1 pen for the month. Equally, for vials, we might do the identical thing, however vials have 10 mL as an alternative of 3 mL; we need to calculate that dose both by 1 month or by three months. Just getting used to and getting extra snug with doing that math is actually essential as physicians.
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