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    Default Expired pump supplies...how long would you still use?

    I have two boxes of cartridges that expired in Sep. 2010 that slipped to the back of my closet.

    The only concern I would have (and a very small concern) is the quality of the rubber o ring.

    Anyone else use expired supplies? It would be a real shame if I had to toss them.
    Diagnosed June '05
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    I know a mod will be along to remind everyone that there's a reason for expiration dates...

    I was told that the "failure point" would be with the o-ring. If that's the case, you could have insulin leak back out and not go into the body, which could have a wide range of ramifications, from mild blood sugar increases, to large spikes with ketones.
    Eileen
    mom of:
    ...Calder - 18 - dx'd 10/1/08 pumping with a blue Ping as of 4/2/09; Celiac dx'd 7/23/09

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    I have used a lot of expired pump supplies and never had a problem.--but remember I am type 2.
    Beth, widowed,
    Mom to Reann, 24, dx'd 7/8, pumping Minimed
    Roma, Renae, Ronnis Sue, Robyn and Rheta all nonD

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    Quote Originally Posted by sisterbeth43 View Post
    I have used a lot of expired pump supplies and never had a problem.--but remember I am type 2.
    I didn't know you were T2, either way your opinion is always valuable!
    Last edited by Beach bum; 12-01-2011 at 06:46 AM.
    Diagnosed June '05
    Pumping since Feb '06
    Animas Ping
    Dexcom Study







    My current position:
    CIO...CHIEF INSULIN OFFICER

    "Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect"...Margaret Mitchell

    "Make it work"...Tim Gunn

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    sometimes your doctor or local rep can answer the question without really giving an answer...we were using a site with a MM pump that was not a luer lock, as ordered by MD and rep helped us with it but did explain it was not "reccomended practice". the information he had to share was very helpful, especially compared to the 24 hour helpline where they told us it was impossible.
    Hannah, Los Angeles
    Mom to Sara (26) dx'd 24 yrs ago, Animas/Dexcom- pediatric nurse in Nashville
    Katie (15), diagnosed 10 years ago, pumping
    Ella (non d)
    Claire (non-d)
    Jack- 9, (diagnosed 4/10/11, pumping at dx'd)

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    All med supplies in the US MUST be "good" for 1 YEAR after the "expiration date" on them so these should be OK if the package was closed and they didn't get wet etc. I have been told that most of this stuff is good for far longer but the FDA etc makes them have an expiry date.

    You could always fill one with water and see if it leaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRANMA View Post
    All med supplies in the US MUST be "good" for 1 YEAR after the "expiration date" on them so these should be OK if the package was closed and they didn't get wet etc. I have been told that most of this stuff is good for far longer but the FDA etc makes them have an expiry date.

    You could always fill one with water and see if it leaks
    does this go for unopened test strips as well?
    Tammy

    Johnny (15 years old - dx 2009, OMNIPOD, DEXCOM G4 CGM)

    Heather (13 years old)

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