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Question:

From Germany:

We are parents of a two and a half year old daughter. She has been diagnosed on Easter this year [seven months ago]. We are intending to use the fast acting Humalog insulin, but in Germany it isn't free for children below 12 years of age.

She is a very slow and few eater and we think that if we were able to use Humalog, life will get easier for all.

Is there any reason to not use Humalog on children younger than 12 years of age?

Answer:

As elsewhere, Humalog is not licenced for use in the under 12 years of age group.

In fact, paediatricians use a lot of drugs that aren't licenced because they recognise that there is very often a good reason for using them. This is in situations where the other options aren't so good. The doctor has to take responsibility himself for such unlicenced use.

I have no personal experience of using Humalog (Lispro Insulin) in very young children but I know that others have. The problem of difficulty getting your daughter to eat is very common and sometimes tackled, in the short term, by administering insulin after food and varying the dose according to quantity eaten. This can be done perfectly well with licenced products such as Velosulin or soluble/regular insulin like Humulin S.

KJR

[Editor's comment: See other questions about Lispro Insulin for more information about its use. WWQ]

Original posting 24 Nov 96

  
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