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HelixTalk Episode #86 - Everything You Need to Know About Insulins - In One Shot!

Date posted: October 30, 2018, 6:00 am

In this episode, we discuss a broad overview of insulin topics ranging from the various types of insulins, dosage forms, brand/generic names, pharmacokinetic nuances, injection technique, and a wide variety of clinical pearls.


Key Concepts

  1. There are variety of basal and bolus insulins available to help control blood glucose in patients with diabetes. The strengths/concentration within each type vary as well. 
  2. Insulin dose need is different for type-1 and type-2 patients; it is important to understand that treatment is individualized for each patient.
  3. Sliding scale insulin dosing is a reactive approach for glycemic management mainly in hospital settings. Use should be discouraged in the outpatient setting. 
  4. There are a variety of insulin delivery options available. It is important to provide patient education on proper injection technique, storage, and monitoring of the treatment. 


  1. PL Detail-Document, Comparison of Insulins and Injectable Diabetes Meds. Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter. March 2015.
  2. Professional Resource, How to Switch Insulin Products. Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter. December 2016.
  3. Davies MJ, D’Alessio DA, Fradkin J, et al. Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes, 2018. A Consensus Report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).  Diabetes Care. 2018. Available from Accessed 4 October 2018.