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Insulin Detemir

Basics

Name

Insulin Detemir

Pronunciation

(IN soo lin DE te mir)

Brand Names: US

  • Levemir
  • Levemir FlexTouch

Therapeutic Category

  • Antidiabetic Agent, Parenteral
  • Insulin, Long-Acting

Medication Safety Issues

Sound-alike/look-alike issues:

Levemir may be confused with Lovenox

High alert medication:

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) includes this medication among its list of drugs which have a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error. Due to the number of insulin preparations, it is essential to identify/clarify the type of insulin to be used.

Administration issues:

Insulin detemir is a clear solution, but it is NOT intended for IV or IM administration.

Other safety concerns:

Cross-contamination may occur if insulin pens are shared among multiple patients. Steps should be taken to prohibit sharing of insulin pens.

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