Anyone who is still using the insulin Mixtard 30 is being urged to consult their GP as a matter of urgency to ensure they are changed onto an alternative treatment before the medication is withdrawn on 31 December 2010.
Mixtard 30 was previously used by around 90,000 people with diabetes, however manufacturer Novo Nordisk decided to withdraw the medication in June 2010 as part of its commitment to withdraw all types of human insulin over time.
Diabetes UK advice
Barbara Young, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, said: “If you have not done so already, you will need to see your doctor or nurse as a matter of urgency to ensure you are changed to an alternative treatment. There are several other similar insulin treatments available and both Novo Nordisk and Diabetes UK have notified healthcare professionals of the alternative treatments.
“We are very disappointed about this withdrawal as it is not in the best interests of people with diabetes. However the important thing now is to ensure everyone affected is switched onto an alternative treatment before the medication is withdrawn. Diabetes UK is therefore advising anyone still taking the insulin to consult with their healthcare professional without delay to help them decide which option is best for them.”
Need advice? Call the Novo Nordisk helpline
People with any questions about the withdrawal of Mixtard 30 are asked to call the Novo Nordisk dedicated helpline on 08456 005 055.