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December 22, 1962

Emergency Food, Drug, Diet Plan Described by Diabetes Group

JAMA. 1962;182(12):31. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050510159003

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The American Diabetes Association has issued a statement on emergency medical care to meet conditions which might result from nuclear warfare. The statement makes recommendations concerning food and drug supplies, and suggests an emergency diet.

Manufacturers of insulin have adequate reserve supplies, in addition to which it is estimated that there is a 60-90 day supply widely distributed in wholesale areas and in local drug stores, the Emergency Care Committee said. The committee recommended that diabetics store supplies of insulin necessary to maintain them for a minimum of two months.

Ideally, and by Food and Drug Administration regulation, insulin should be refrigerated below 59 degrees Fahrenheit and above freezing while being kept in reserve. However, the committee said, it maintains almost full strength for a long while under ordinary conditions, and should not, even if unrefrigerated, be discarded on expiration date during time of emergency. Older vials should be used