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Lilly Announces Launch of Color Differentiation System for Humalog(R) and Humulin(R) U-100 Insulin Products in the United States
Date:10/27/2008

Provides supplemental recognition factor to assist in product

identification

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced the introduction of a color differentiation system for U-100 insulin products marketed in the United States, including vials, pens and individual packaging for Humalog(R) (insulin lispro injection [rDNA origin]) and Humulin(R) (regular insulin human injection, USP [rDNA origin)]).

The Lilly color differentiation system - also used for Humalog and Humulin formulations marketed in Europe - follows the introduction of bar coding of packaging and insulin vials instituted in the U.S. by Lilly in 2004. Combined, these safety measures offer patients, physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals a multi-tiered product identification and recognition system for Lilly's insulin products.

With color differentiation, the redesigned labeling can help patients, health care providers and pharmacists accurately identify the insulin that has been prescribed.

"Insulin is a powerful medicine that has an 85-year track record of efficacy and safety when administered and used properly. But if insulin is administered improperly, patients could be put at risk of serious injury because blood sugar levels may drop too low," said Sherry Martin, M.D., Associate Medical Director, Lilly USA. "Differentiating insulins with clearly printed labels and color-differentiated packaging has the potential to help reduce medication errors and improve safety for patients with diabetes. The use of color provides a supplemental recognition factor beyond the actual wording on the label. However, people should remember that color diffe
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