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Research Article

Very pure porcine insulin in clinical practice.

Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: (Published 06 January 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:25
  1. A D Wright,
  2. C H Walsh,
  3. M G Fitzgerald,
  4. J M Malins


    In a one-year follow-up study the insulin dose in diabetic patients using very pure porcine insulin was compared with that in patients using conventional preparations. The dose of insulin used to obtain diabetic control was reduced by 7% in 108 patients treated solely with very pure porcine insulin from the start of insulin treatment when compared with 108 matched patients who had received conventional insulins. In 117 patients whose treatment had been changed from conventional bovine or bovine-porcine insulin to very pure porcine insulin the dose was reduced by 9%. A further 511 patients receiving conventional insulins were examined for local cutaneous or subcutaneous abnormalities at insulin injection sites. Lipoatrophy was found in 49 of these patients (10%), but not in patients using very pure porcine insulin. The results confirm that very pure porcine insulin reduces the insulin dose needed to maintain diabetic control and may resolve or prevent local reactions such as lipoatrophy. Long-term advantages in reduced antigenicity to insulin and contaminating peptides remain to be established.