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28 Insulin nomenclature




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This article is from the Diabetes FAQ, by Edward Reid edward@paleo.org with numerous contributions by others.

28 Insulin nomenclature

The major types of insulin have both generic designations and brand names
used by the manufacturers. Most of the brand names are close enough to the
generic ones that the correspondence is obvious. Novo uses totally different
names. In those parts of the world where Novo has most of the market, the
Novo brand names are used in place of the generic names. To facilitate
communication between Novo users and others, here is the correspondence:

   Generic      Novo           May also be known as
   -------      ----           --------------------
   Regular      Actrapid         Soluble
   NPH          Protophane       Isophane
   Lente        Monotard
   Ultralente   Ultratard        Zn (Zinc suspension)

The recently developed lispro (generic name) insulin is sold as Humalog by
Eli Lilly. Novo has no comparable insulin as of July 1996, although they
undoubtedly have research in progress.

 

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