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Drug alert: Hypurin Porcine Isophane insulin cartridges

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued an drug alert for Hypurin Porcine Isophane insulin cartridges after a packaging error came to light.

The issue occurred when a carton for cartridges of short-acting Hypurin Porcine Neutral Insulin 100IU/ml got into the production line for the intermediate-acting Hypurin Porcine Isophane Insulin 100 IU/ml. This could mean you may find the effect of your insulin wears off earlier than expected.

Whilst the manufacturer, Wockhardt UK Ltd, believes it is highly unlikely there are any packs in the supply chain, patients and pharmacists are being asked to check their cartons.

If you are prescribed Hypurin Porcine Isophane insulin please check carefully that it is what you have and not Hypurin Porcine Neutral insulin. If you have any concerns check with your doctor or pharmacist.

The affected carton bears the batch number PL40147.

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