Sorry, I forgot to mention I’m from the UK which means I can still get pork insulin free on prescription (I use Wockhardt’s Hypurin Neutral and Isophane). Doctors here have been trying to get me to move over to human (GM) insulin for the last 10 years due to pressure from drug companies who are trying to ditch it but I’ve successfully resisted changing as, as far as I’m concerned “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”!!!
Another reason why I want to stick with the pork is that I went over to Australia for a year after graduating from University and was forced to use the human equivalents of what I was on at the time as they don’t have any animal insulin over there. During the time I was on the human (GM) insulin, I lost all warning symptoms of hypos and my control was all over the place so on my return to the UK I went straight back to my old pork insulin and my control came back and my hypo warning symptoms returned.
Anyway, fingers crossed Wockhardt will keep producing their pork insulin for as long as I’m alive. It’s scary when you think that our lives are effectively reliant on the drug companies being able to make a profit - Novo Nordisk withdrew their animal insulin because they weren’t making enough money on it worldwide which meant I had to find another supplier with an equivalent insulin. This meant months of dosage adjusting, testing, lows and highs until I found the right dose using the new insulin - so thanks for that Novo Nordisk!!!