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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Levemir Insulin (Novo Nordisk)

Audience: Patients, pharmacists, diabetes healthcare professionals

[UPDATED 08/26/2009]  FDA is reminding the public that stolen vials of the long-acting insulin Levemir made by Novo Nordisk Inc. still may be on the market. Evidence gathered to date suggests that the stolen insulin was not stored and handled properly and may be dangerous for people to use. FDA has received multiple reports of patients who suffered an adverse event due to poor control of glucose levels after using a vial from one of the stolen lots.

[Posted 06/13/2009] FDA notified patients and healthcare professionals that some stolen vials of the long-acting insulin Levemir made by Novo Nordisk Inc. are being sold in the U.S. market, may not have been stored and handled properly, and may be dangerous for patients to use. The agency is advising patients who use Levemir insulin to:

  • Check your personal supply of insulin to determine if you have Levemir insulin from one of the following lots: XZF0036, XZF0037, and XZF0038. 
  • Do not use your Levemir insulin if it is from one of these lots.
  • Always visually inspect your insulin before using it. Levemir is a clear and colorless solution.
  • Contact the Novo Nordisk Customer Care Center at 1-800-727-6500 for what to do with vials from these lots or if you have any other questions.

[08/26/2009 - News Release- FDA]
[08/04/2009 - Patient Safety News video - FDA YouTube Channel]
[06/13/2009 - News Release - FDA]