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06-23-2010, 03:01 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100622-712043.html (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100622-712043.html)

Wall Street Journal June 22, 2010

Wal-Mart Changes Insulin Partners

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) is changing partners in its RediOne insulin, moving to Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) from Novo Nordisk A/S (NVO, NOVO-B.KO), the other big global insulin maker.

Lilly's Humulin will be co-branded under Wal-Mart's ReliOn stable of diabetes products, which include glucose meters and test strips.

The move doesn't appear to be tied to Wal-Mart's stepped-up "rollback" strategy in which the retailer is vigorously cutting prices on many items. Wal-Mart will set the price but hasn't done so yet, although Eli Lilly believes the cost will be comparable to the current ReliOn offering, Lilly spokesman J. Scott Macgregor said.

Novo had produced this W-M line of insulins since it began in 2000,

06-24-2010, 10:40 AM
Noodle is currently on the Eli Lilly version of Humulin N. This could be interesting for us. I tried the ReliOn insulin with Noodle last year and his numbers shot up. Switched back to Eli Lilly version from Walgreen's and back down they went. Tried it again a few months later - same problem. We never did figure out if it was something in the ReliOn that doesn't work well for Noodle, or a supply/handling issue at our Walmart.

I'd be willing to give it another shot (pun not intended, lol) when they make the switch, knowing it's the same brand he is already successfully using. Does this mean even the inert ingredients should stay the same?

06-24-2010, 02:58 PM
Does this mean even the inert ingredients should stay the same?

My understanding is that the product is exactly the same. It's just the marketing/contract with the company that allows it to be sold under the name Relion at lower cost.

07-01-2010, 10:46 AM
Just a bump up on this.


07-01-2010, 12:27 PM
Funny thing...when I asked my Walmart pharmacist a question regarding this change over this morning he had no idea what I was talking about.

He thanked me and said he would look into it so to be informed.

07-09-2010, 09:30 PM
A member reported that her local Walmart had Relion N on backorder, possibly because of the switch to Humulin as the provider of Relion. So beware of potential backorder problems with the inexpensive version.

That Walmart still had name brand Novolin in stock at almost $30 more per bottle.


07-11-2010, 06:03 AM
I went to WalMart yesterday to get some Novolin N and syringes; "no stock" and no idea when NPH insulin will be available. The clerk and pharmacist had no idea why it was pulled from stock?!

It looked like their supply of Relion syringes were dwindling as well. I got the last box of 3/10's.

Harry & Fergy.

07-11-2010, 06:14 AM
Syringes too! Gosh, Harry, I'm glad you got a box; I'm sure Fergy greatly appreciates that!

Too bad it's still not even mid-July, and that ReliOn-Novolin-N seems to be disappearing - this could be a bit rough on a lot of people and dogs!

Sun, 11 Jul 2010 06:14:25 (PDT)

07-11-2010, 06:24 AM
It's never been unusual for one of my local Walmarts to be out of the syringes I need, I think it must be bad organization on the part of whoever reorders stock as another Walmart across town is never without.

ReliOn Diabetes
07-12-2010, 08:20 AM
Hi All,
We just wanted to let you know that the insulin out of stock issue should be over. All distribution centers received a fresh shipment on Friday, so perhaps just give your local store a ring to make sure they have received it.

This is not due to the impending change to Humulin, rather just unexpected popularity. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.

If you have any questions or comments in the future, let us know on Facebook (ReliOn) or Twitter (@ReliOnDiabetes).

Thanks for all of your support!

07-12-2010, 09:20 AM
Thanks for the update! :) It's good to know that it's not a long-term problem due to the switch.

Relion on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/ReliOn/149356928560#!/pages/ReliOn/149356928560?v=wall)

07-12-2010, 12:13 PM
Thanks so much for the update! :)

07-12-2010, 12:58 PM
That is good news. Will check it out tomorrow. ;)

Cheers :)

Harry & fergy.

10-06-2010, 09:05 AM
It's sounding like most Walmarts will have made this switch by now. Let us know whether your Walmart is nowing selling Humulin N as Relion or is still selling it as Novolin N.


10-07-2010, 06:09 AM

Yesterday, I stopped by Walmart to pick up some insulin and syringes. When I got to the head of line, I asked the clerk for 2 vials of Novolin N and two boxes of syringes. She came back from the fridge and shook her head...none in stock! She went to check the unopened boxes and I watched her open and check the list in each of three boxes...nothing. There was an insulated yellow box perched on the bench close to me. She broke the seal and checked the list...voila, a supply of Humulin N.

The cost of the Humulin N was the same...$24.88.

Cheers :)


10-07-2010, 07:21 AM
My local Walmart had the Humulin N Relion when I purchased a few weeks ago. They did bring me a bottle of Novolin N first (must have been older stock), but brought me the Humulin N bottle when I asked for it. :)

10-07-2010, 08:47 AM
As of 2 weeks ago my Walmart had both - and asked me which one I wanted. I switched to the Humulin and haven't seen any change in Rowlf's numbers. - sheureka

10-07-2010, 12:23 PM
Here in yooper country, as of yesterday, it's still Novolin N. Pat

10-08-2010, 08:43 PM
I checked this evening at our local WalMart here in Central PA and they are now selling Relion Humulin N and the pharmacist told me he he does not even have any of the Novolin N. I didn't need to purchase any yet, just wanted to see if they had it and I forgot to ask him what the price is.

10-08-2010, 10:36 PM
Here in Northern California, our Walmart still has Novolin N. I actually forgot to ask if they had the Humulin N, so I don't know if they have both.

10-09-2010, 07:38 AM
Here in Northern California, our Walmart still has Novolin N. I actually forgot to ask if they had the Humulin N, so I don't know if they have both.

Here in Central California I asked the Walmart Pharmacy if they still have ReliOn Novolin N in stock, the tech said yes as she looked in the fridge and tilted a case of bottles towards me....

She also showed me a bottle of ReliOn Humulin N, so at least at my pharmacy, and as of yesterday, they had both.
When I asked the price on the Humulin I was told it is the same as the Novolin.

10-12-2010, 07:36 PM
Just moving this up the page for anyone new to the ReliOn switch and seeking more information.

I just posted in the insulin poll thread. We made the switch 9 days ago and so far Noodle's numbers are consistent. Tentatively doing the happy dance since this cuts our insulin costs in half. I'm sure the saving will be eaten up with new expenses related to his more recent issues, but it will be nice to have that extra to add to the pot. ;)

We participated in a discount savings program at Walgreen's where we previously purchased his insulin. Because of the program, we always needed a prescription. Feels strange to be able to just walk in the door, ask for insulin, and have them hand it right to you, lol. :rolleyes:

09-13-2012, 10:08 PM
There's not much reporting of the experience here, but thought I'd bring this forward. It was October 2010 when Walmart, which had used Novoling N for it's Relion N for years, switched to Humulin.


09-27-2012, 01:26 PM
One last thread to bump... guess maybe I should merge them but that might be confusing.