Some time ago, the Indonesian Pharmacists Association (IAI) D.I.Yogyakarta held the 26th Sinau Online Series (SOS) webinar with the theme “Experience The Freedom with Insulin Co-Formulation”, with one of the discussions on “Role of Pharmacist in New Insulin Co-Formulation”. From the presentation of the material, it is known that 2 important aspects are the responsibility of pharmacists, the drug management cycle and patients counselling. The drug management cycle that needs to be considered in insulin management starts from procurement, storage with a cold-chain system, insulin distribution, and providing information to patients regarding insulin self-management.
Patients need to know self-management of insulin to maintain insulin stability so that it can provide optimal therapeutic effects. Patients must know that insulin storage with a cold chain system can maintain stable insulin storage at a temperature of 2-8 ℃. Patients also need to know how to use insulin rationally, especially the time and method of use. Pharmacists also have an important role in providing education regarding insulin waste disposal. Insulin waste should be returned to the health facility where the patient obtained the insulin to be destroyed.
Both aspects are very important to ensure stability which affects the effect of insulin therapy for Diabetes Mellitus patients. Pharmacists who have competence in handling therapy and communication are needed to be able to provide education to patients in managing insulin independently.