Abasaglar ® (basal insulin glargine)

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How should Abasaglar® (insulin glargine) be stored during transport and travel?

Store unused/before use Abasaglar cartridges and pens at 2°C - 8°C during transport or travel. Do not freeze. After the first use/insertion of cartridge, store at room temperature below 30°C. Protect from light.

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Travelling

When travelling (e.g. plane, car, bus, train), place the medicine in hand luggage because temperatures in the luggage hold areas may be too cold or too hot for the medicine.1

Travel cooler bags

Eli Lilly and Company does not provide cooler bags to travel with insulin, and does not test, market or sell these products. Therefore, we cannot make recommendations.1

If a cooler is used, it is important to

  • prevent freezing of the insulin, i.e. keep the device away from direct contact with ice, frozen gel packs or freezing temperatures (0°C or below), and
  • protect the products from moisture (i.e. melting ice, condensation). 1

Air travel and security check

Before travelling, the patient should check with the airline company and enquire about current travel policies for travelling with medicine on board the plane.

X-ray machines used at airport security checkpoints are not known to affect everyday items like food, medicines and cosmetics frequently x-rayed in carry-on luggage. Therefore, it is not necessary to have the medicine inspected by hand.1

Customs

At customs, patients need to be prepared to explain why they are carrying their medicines.

Patients travelling internationally should check with the authorities in the country they plan to visit. This particularly applies to travel outside European Union.

Recommended storage conditions

Before use

Store in a refrigerator (2°C - 8°C).

  • Do not freeze. Do not store Abasaglar next to the freezer compartment or a freezer pack.
  • Keep the cartridge in the outer carton to protect it from light.
  • Keep the pre-filled pen in the outer carton to protect it from light.2

After first use (in use)/ insertion of cartridge

  • The medicinal product may be stored for a maximum of 28 days up to 30°C
  • Keep away from direct heat or direct light.
  • Pens in use must not be stored in the refrigerator. 
  • The pen cap must be put back on the pen after each injection to protect it from light.2

References

1Data on file, Eli Lilly and Company and/or one of its subsidiaries.

2Abasaglar [summary of product characteristics]. Eli Lilly Nederland B.V., The Netherlands.

Date of Last Review: 08 February 2022


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