Research Article

Human insulin: study of safety and efficacy in man.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981; 282 doi: (Published 18 April 1981) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981;282:1264
  1. D R Owens,
  2. M K Jones,
  3. T M Hayes,
  4. L G Heding,
  5. K G Alberti,
  6. P D Home,
  7. J M Burrin,
  8. R G Newcombe


    The safety and efficacy of a new highly purified neutral soluble human insulin produced by conversion of porcine insulin was compared with a highly purified neutral soluble porcine insulin in six normal men. The insulins were administered by subcutaneous injection at a dose of 0.075 U/kg body weight. Somatostatin was infused during the experiment to suppress endogenous insulin secretin. No difference was found in the plasma glucose, insulin, or metabolite responses. Thus the potency, onset, and duration of effect were identical with the two insulins. No short-term side effects to either insulin were observed. Highly purified, semi-synthetic human insulin offers a safe and effective means to explore the possible advantages of homologous human insulin in the management of diabetes mellitus.