How Should Apidra Be Stored?
Unopened Apidra vials, pens, and cartridges should be stored in the refrigerator. It is best to keep the vials refrigerated once they are opened, although they may be kept at room temperature (less than 77 degrees Fahrenheit). Once you start using an Apidra cartridge or pen, you must not keep it in the refrigerator; it must be kept at room temperature.
All three forms of Apidra are good for up to 28 days once opened, after which you must discard any unused portion.
If you use Apidra in an insulin pump, you must discard any unused portion in the pump, along with the infusion set (the reservoir, tubing, and catheter) within 48 hours.
- Apidra vials -- 10 mL, with 100 units of insulin per mL
- Apidra cartridge (for use with an Opticlik pen) -- 3 mL per cartridge, with 100 units of insulin per mL
- Apidra SoloSTAR prefilled pen -- 3 mL.
To use Opticlik pens, you must obtain pen needles (such as BD Ultra-Fine™ pen needles). You will need a prescription for pen needles, and they can be purchased at most pharmacies. To use the vials, you will need insulin syringes, which generally come with needles attached. You may need a prescription for insulin syringes, depending on the laws of your particular state and the dispensing practices of your particular pharmacy.
Generic ApidraAt this time, the medication is not available in generic form (see Generic Apidra).