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FDA safety warning: Patients, caregivers withdrawing insulin from pens

09:23 EST 15 Feb 2018 | Healio

If you have been in practice long enough, you have likely seen patients make dosing errors because they misunderstood something. Some are understandable, others may be surprising. For instance, would you suspect that a patient or caregiver would intentionally use a syringe to withdraw insulin from an insulin pen and then administer a dose from that syringe?
The practice may seem counterintuitive in the sense that the pen should eliminate, rather than encourage, the patient’s or caregiver’s need or desire to draw a dose with a syringe. However, the FDA received 138 cases between

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