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International Color Coding for Insulin Preparations

 

Insulin can be identified by the name written on the vial or pen fill. But there is one more way to identify Insulin type. This is called as international color coding system for Insulin. Here, each one type of Insulin preparation is given a color code for example “yellow for Regular Insulin”. Now any company, which markets regular Insulin by any brand name and any packing i.e. vial, pen fill, disposable pen etc, will have a yellow ring on it. Similarly, for all Insulin preparations, there is a color code and thus in addition to its name, Insulin type can be identified by color ring on vial or pen fill also. Below is the list of all available Insulin preparations and their color code. This may be important for patients as well as health care providers: 

 

 

Insulin Preparation

Color code

Color

Rapid - Acting Analogs

  • Insulin lispro (Humalog)
  • Insulin aspart (NovoLog)
  • Insulin glulisine (Apidra)

 

Dark Brown

Orange

Dark purple

 

Dark brown

Orange

Dark purple

Short Acting

  • Regular

 

Yellow

 

Yellow

Intermediate - Acting

  • NPH

 

Green

 

Green

Long-Acting Analogs

  • Insulin glargine (Lantus)
  • Insulin detemir (Levemir)

 

Purple

Dark green

 

Purple

Dark Green

Pre-Mixed Insulin’s Conventional

  • 30/70 (30% Regular +70%NPH)
  • 50/50 (50% Regular+50% NPH)
  • 25/75 (25% Regular+75% NPH)

 

Brown

Grey

Sky blue

 

Brown

Grey

Sky blue

Pre-Mixed Insulin’s Analog

  • Humalog Mix 25/75(25% lispro + 75% lispro protamine)
  • Humalog Mix 50/50 (50% lispro +50% lispro protamine)
  • NovoLog Mix/Novomix 30/70 (30% aspart +70% aspart protamine)

 

Golden yellow

 

Red

 

Deep Blue

 

Golden yellow

 

RED

 

Deep Blue

 

 
  
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