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6.1.1 Insulins

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General guidance

  • The choice of insulin depends on a number of factors, such as type of diabetes, age, dexterity, lifestyle of the patient and the capability of the patient to manage injection technique and injection regime.
  • Short-acting insulins are used in basal-bolus regimes at meal times.
  • Medium and long-acting insulins provide basal cover during the day and are used in once daily, twice daily and basal-bolus regimes.
  • Longer acting insulins may be used in conjunction with oral agents (metformin or sulphonylurea) in type 2 diabetes where the oral agent covers the meal times.
  • Porcine and bovine insulins pose a small risk for adverse reaction.

Blood Glucose Testing - Spirit meters order form (TEE2 & CareSens)

Recommended drugs

Twice Daily Insulin Regimen (BD)

Humalog Mix 25

Humalog Mix 50

Humulin M3

Novomix 30


Background Insulin

Humulin I


Insulin Detemir (Levemir)

Insulin Glargine (Abasaglar or Lantus)

Tresiba (Insulin Degludec 100 units/ml and 200 units/ml)

Toujeo (Insulin Glargine 300 units/ml)


Mealtime Insulin




Humulin S




Drug Traffic Light Key:

Green – On Formulary

Amber – Restricted use, see local guidelines      

Purple – Specialist use/initiation

Red – Non Formulary


Relative Costs Key (where indicated):

£££££ - high

£££ - moderate

£ - low

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