Three ways for your patients to save on high-dose** insulin

**>200 units of insulin per day

1. Lowest branded co-pay for most patients

88%* of commercially insured patients have unrestricted access† to Humulin R U-500 at the lowest branded co-pay.

* Represents Commercial formulary data. Access was 84% for the Humulin R U-500 vial and 80% for the Humulin R U-500 KwikPen. Calculation determined through total commercial lives in the USA as of July 2018. Plan types: Employer, HMO, Medical Group, Other Insurers, PBM Offering, POS, PPO. Includes plans/patients with appropriate restrictions. Calculation does not include uninsured lives.

Without prior authorization.

Source: Managed Markets Insight & Technology (MMIT), LLC as of 07/2018, and is subject to change without notice by a health plan or state. Please contact the plan or state for the most current information.

2. With the U-500 Savings Card, eligible patients with commercial insurance can pay as little as $25 per prescription

Eligible commercially insured patients. See full terms and conditions at humulin.com/savingscard.

3. One co-pay§ for insulin monotherapy

U-500 can be administered as insulin monotherapy, so transitioning from an analog basal/bolus regimen will lower the number of prescription co-pays each month.

§ As compared with basal-bolus therapy. Assumes Humulin R U-500 KwikPen insulin monotherapy

• Underlying enrollment values developed by Managed Markets Insight & Technology (MMIT), LLC using a combination of third party and public sources as well as a proprietary allocation methodology. The values may not be representative of an individual physician’s patient population.

• This information is not a guarantee of coverage or payment (partial or full). Actual benefits are determined by each plan administrator in accordance with its respective policy and procedures.

• Employers and employer groups may also offer additional benefit designs which may be different than described.

INDICATION AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Indication for Humulin® R U-500

Humulin R U-500 is a concentrated human insulin indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus requiring more than 200 units of insulin per day.

Limitations of Use: The safety and efficacy of Humulin R U-500 used in combination with other insulins, or when delivered by continuous subcutaneous infusion, has not been determined.

Contraindications
Humulin R U-500 is contraindicated during episodes of hypoglycemia and in patients hypersensitive to Humulin R U-500 or any of its excipients.
Warnings and Precautions
  • Dosing Errors: Extreme caution must be observed in measuring the dose of Humulin R U-500 because inadvertent overdose may result in serious adverse reaction or life-threatening hypoglycemia.
  • Hyperglycemia, Hypoglycemia or Death Due to Dosing Errors in the Vial Presentation: Medication errors associated with the Humulin R U-500 vial resulting in patients experiencing hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia or death have been reported.
  • Dispensing

    • Instruct patients to always inspect insulin vials to confirm that the correct insulin is dispensed including the correct brand and concentration.
    • For the Humulin R U-500 vial, particular attention should be paid to the 20-mL vial size, prominent “U-500” and warning statements on the vial label, and distinctive coloring on the vial and carton.

    Prescribing

    • Dosing errors have occurred when Humulin R U-500 was administered with syringes other than a U-500 insulin syringe. Patients should be prescribed U-500 syringes for use with Humulin R U-500 vials. The dose of Humulin R U-500 should always be expressed in units of insulin.

    Administration

    • Instruct patients to always check the insulin label before each injection.
    • Use only a U-500 insulin syringe with Humulin R U-500 to avoid administration errors. Do not use any other type of syringe to administer Humulin R U-500. Adhere to administration instructions.
    • Instruct the patient to inform hospital or emergency department staff of the dose of Humulin R U-500 prescribed.
  • If using the Humulin R U-500 KwikPen, patients should be counseled to dial and dose the prescribed number of units of insulin (NO dose conversion is required).
  • DO NOT transfer Humulin R U-500 from the Humulin R U-500 KwikPen into any syringe for administration. Overdose and severe hypoglycemia can occur.
  • Never Share a KwikPen or U-500 Syringe Between Patients, even if the needle is changed. Sharing poses a risk for transmission of blood-borne pathogens.
  • Hyperglycemia or Hypoglycemia with Changes in Insulin Regimen: Changes in insulin, manufacturer, type, or method of administration should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring should be increased.
  • Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia is the most common adverse reaction associated with insulin, including Humulin R U-500. Severe hypoglycemia can cause seizures, may be life-threatening, or cause death. Severe hypoglycemia may develop as long as 18 to 24 hours after an injection of Humulin R U-500. Hypoglycemia can impair concentration ability and reaction time; this may place an individual and others at risk in situations where these abilities are important, such as driving or operating other machinery.
    • Hypoglycemia can happen suddenly and symptoms may differ in each individual and change over time in the same individual.
    • Early warning symptoms of hypoglycemia may be less pronounced in patients with long standing diabetes, in patients with diabetic nerve disease, in patients using medications that block the sympathetic nervous system, or in patients who experience recurrent hypoglycemia.
    • The timing of hypoglycemia usually reflects the time-action profile of the administered insulin formulation. As with all insulin preparations, the glucose lowering effect time course of Humulin R U-500 may vary in different individuals or at different times in the same individual and depends on many conditions.
    • Patients and caregivers must be educated to recognize and manage hypoglycemia. Self-monitoring of blood glucose plays an essential role in the prevention and management of hypoglycemia. In patients at higher risk for hypoglycemia and patients who have reduced symptomatic awareness of hypoglycemia, increased frequency of blood glucose monitoring is recommended.
  • Hypersensitivity and Allergic Reactions: Severe, life-threatening, generalized allergy, including anaphylaxis, can occur with insulin products, including Humulin R U-500. If hypersensitivity reactions occur, discontinue Humulin R U-500; treat per standard of care and monitor until symptoms and signs resolve.
  • Hypokalemia: Insulin use can lead to hypokalemia that left untreated may cause respiratory paralysis, ventricular arrhythmia, and death. Use caution in patients who may be at risk for hypokalemia (e.g., patients using potassium-lowering medications, patients taking medications sensitive to serum potassium concentrations).
  • Fluid Retention and Heart Failure with Concomitant Use of PPAR-gamma Agonists: Thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which are PPAR-gamma agonists, can cause dose-related fluid retention, particularly when used in combination with insulin. Fluid retention may lead to or exacerbate heart failure. Observe patients for signs and symptoms of heart failure. If heart failure develops, it should be managed according to current standards of care, and discontinuation or dose reduction of the PPAR-gamma agonist must be considered.
Adverse Reactions
  • Adverse reactions include hypoglycemia, allergic reactions, lipodystrophy, injection site reactions, weight gain, peripheral edema, and immunogenicity.
Drug Interactions
  • Some medications may alter glucose metabolism and may necessitate insulin dose adjustment. Signs of hypoglycemia may be reduced or absent in patients taking antiadrenergic drugs. Particularly close monitoring may be required.
Use in Specific Populations
  • Pregnancy Category B: While there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women, evidence from published literature suggests that good glycemic control in patients with diabetes during pregnancy provides significant maternal and fetal benefits.
  • Pediatric Use: There are no well-controlled studies of use of Humulin R U-500 in children. Standard precautions as applied to use of Humulin R U-500 in adults are appropriate for use in children.
  • Geriatric Use: There are no well-controlled studies of use of Humulin R U-500 in geriatric patients. In elderly patients with diabetes, the initial dosing, dose increments, and maintenance dosage should be conservative to avoid hypoglycemia.
  • Renal or Hepatic Impairment: Frequent glucose monitoring and insulin dose reduction may be required in patients with renal or hepatic impairment.
Dosage and Administration
  • Prescribe Humulin R U-500 ONLY to patients who require more than 200 units of insulin per day.
  • Humulin R U-500 is available as a KwikPen or a multiple dose vial. Patients using the vial must be prescribed the U-500 insulin syringe to avoid medication errors.
  • DO NOT perform dose conversion when using the Humulin R U-500 KwikPen. The dose window of the KwikPen shows the number of units of Humulin R U-500 to be injected and NO dose conversion is required.
  • DO NOT perform dose conversion when using a U-500 insulin syringe. The markings on the syringe show the number of units of Humulin R U-500 to be injected. Each marking represents 5 units of insulin.
  • Instruct patients using the vial to use only a U-500 insulin syringe and on how to correctly draw the prescribed dose into the syringe. Confirm that the patient has understood these instructions and can correctly draw the prescribed dose with their syringe.
  • Advise the patient to read the Patient Information and Instructions for Use.
  • Instruct patients to always check the insulin label before administration to confirm the correct insulin product is being used.
  • Inspect Humulin R U-500 visually and only use if the solution appears clear and colorless.
  • Administer Humulin R U-500 subcutaneously two or three times daily approximately 30 minutes before a meal. Rotate injection sites to reduce the risk of lipodystrophy.
  • Individualize the dose of Humulin R U-500 based on metabolic needs, blood glucose monitoring results, and glycemic control goal.
  • Do NOT administer Humulin R U-500 intravenously or intramuscularly.
  • Do NOT mix Humulin R U-500 with other insulins.
Storage
  • Protect from heat and light. Do not freeze. Do not use Humulin R U-500 after the expiration date stamped on the label.
  • Humulin R U-500 Vials: Unopened vials of Humulin R U-500 should be kept in a refrigerator. Opened (in-use) vials of Humulin R U-500 should be kept in the refrigerator or at room temperature and used within 40 days of opening. Throw away any opened vial after 40 days of use, even if there is insulin left in the vial.
  • Humulin R U-500 KwikPen: Unopened Humulin R U-500 KwikPens should be kept in a refrigerator. Opened (in-use) Humulin R U-500 KwikPens should be kept at room temperature and used within 28 days of opening. Do not refrigerate opened KwikPens. Throw away any opened KwikPen after 28 days of use, even if there is insulin left in the pen.
Additional Information
Please click to access Patient Information, Full Prescribing Information, and Instructions for Use for the pen and vial.

HM U500 HCP ISI 27SEP2016