? Disappointing order from Marks Marine - 2018 Expiration date

Discussion in 'Lantus / Basaglar (glargine) and Levemir (detemir)' started by Amanda and a Loudogg, May 17, 2018.

  1. Amanda and a Loudogg

    Amanda and a Loudogg Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,
    I just received my very first order from Marks Marine Pharmacy. The good news is I got it much faster than I thought I would (ordered Saturday and received today). The bad news is, the 5-pack of Basaglar insulin pens expire 12/2018. I am beyond disappointed, as I had heard they usually have a year, sometimes two until they expire.

    Have any of you experienced weak expiration dates? I want to call and talk to them about it, but I figured I should check with you to see if this is normal.
     
  2. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

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    I would call and talk to them......I've never gotten Basaglar from them, but the Lantus we use usually has at least 2 years before hitting the expiration date.

    For future reference though, it might be a good idea when ordering from Marks to make sure they know it's for a cat and that you need late expirations. I never thought of that
     
  3. Amanda and a Loudogg

    Amanda and a Loudogg Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Chris. I let them know it was for my cat, but it never occurred to me to ask for a late expiration. I just assumed (I know I know :rolleyes:) I would get at least a year....
     
  4. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

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    I'd never thought of it either, but I have added a note in my post about buying from Marks so hopefully it'll help others in the future
     
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  5. Becky & Baby Girl Kitty

    Becky & Baby Girl Kitty Well-Known Member

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    Oh that is bad! So sorry to hear this. Def call them & keep those cold pacs to return if they will! I hope they’ll exchange in a timely manner. Good luck Amanda!
     
  6. Amanda and a Loudogg

    Amanda and a Loudogg Well-Known Member

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    I sent them an email today (I'm working all day) asking about it. I was kind, but expressed my obvious disappointment (considering all the good things I've heard about them). Apparently, the manufacturer hasn't released a new lot of insulin, and that's literally the latest expiration date available (for Basaglar) anywhere in Canada. I really wish I would have known that prior, as I probably would have said fuhgeddaboudit! and ordered Lantus instead. I'm still partially waffling on whether I should return it, but I think I'll just use what I have and cross the expiration bridge when I get to it. We still don't have any idea about how he'll react on this (or any depot) insulin, so there's time to make decisions. I think I'm going to call or email them and ask them if this is a normal occurrence with this manufacturer so I know for the future.
     
  7. sassycatlady

    sassycatlady Member

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    I received my first order (of Lantus) from Mark's Marine today and was also surprised at how fast it arrived and how well packaged it was. When I was inquiring initially I did ask about the expiration date and they told me 2 years. I think just as a rule of thumb it's good to ask about expiration dates b/c we (usually) use such a small amount of insulin for cats compared to a human so we want to make sure it'll last as long as possible.
     

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