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Post: #1   PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 11:20 am Reply with quote
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Hi all.

A bit of advice needed please.

My parents are thinking of moving over to Kapparis soon.

They will be doing a long term rent for a year to see how they like it and then go from there.

My father is 66 and my mother is 64.

My mother is diabetic and is insulin dependant by needle.

Can anyone let me know the situation with prescriptions whether she would get them free or not as obviously if not then that could stop them thinking about it due to the cost.
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 5:06 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Cardiff Lad, your mother should get free prescriptions at the state hospital. The problem may be getting the same as in UK (equivalents). Can you say what she uses please and I will check at Paralimni hospital when I go next week. She will have to pay CYŁ1.20 to see a doctor until she is 65, in order to get a prescription. I can also recommend a good diabetic (to treat!!) doctor in Lito (private) if you want. I am diabetic but on tablets only.

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Post: #3   PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 7:04 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Jim,
Thanks for the info so Far.
I did make a mistake as she is already 65. She's using insulin called humulin 70/30 if that helps.
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Post: #4   PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:06 pm Reply with quote
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OK Cardiff Lad, I'll check it out and update here.

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Post: #5   PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:26 pm Reply with quote
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Thanks Jim,

Much appreciated.

Ian.
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Post: #6   PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:22 am Reply with quote
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Hi Ian, I asked the doctor that we saw in Paralimni Hospital this morning and he assured me that they do have it.
I also checked with our pharmacist and he does not think that they have the same brand in the private sector. He thinks that it has been discontinued in Cyprus. I will be checking with him again when he has made a few checks. It would be helpful if you can supply any further info. Not using insulin myself I do not know exactly how much she uses and how she applies it. The more info you can give me the more sure I will be about getting the correct answers. Unfortunately, out here there is often a 'yes we have it', and then when you actually get it you find it is not exactly what you want. How long do we have before she makes her decision?

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Post: #7   PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:39 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Jim,

the info I can get from my mum so far is she uses a humapen for the injections and she uses it twice a day, 30 units in the morning and 26 units in the evening.

Not sure if there is anything else you would need to know. If there is just ask.

Thanks again for all your help.

Regards,

Ian
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Post: #8   PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 6:41 am Reply with quote
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Hi Ian, I do not know the 'humapen'. Will she require a supply of needles? or something else? Is she able to get a supply to last some time before she comes out. All info helps. When does she need to make her decision? This will help me to plan getting around to people. I know what it is like coming over here after being told 'yes' only to find that when you actually need, the answer is 'no', but we can do such and such. If you need certain things, that is not good enough. I would like to be SURE before giving you the advice. Thanks for all info.

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Post: #9   PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:08 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Guys,

Our daughter has Type One Diabetes also, and used to use a 70/30 mix.. Humulin is the type of insulin. Ask your mum for the brand name of her insulin eg Mixtard . A 70/30 mix is very common i.e. 70 % Long acting insulin (Stays in the body longer) and 30 % short acting (Short acting for food consumption)

Needles for pens, which it sounds like your mum uses, are quite generic, but the length and bore differ. We have seen most types of blood sugar testers in the pharmacy. So tell her not to worry about those.

I hope this is of some help.

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Post: #10   PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:58 pm Reply with quote
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Hello again Guys,

I have just noticed that on Steve’s Post, Drug prices . Mixtard 70/30 is available for sale . There is no doubt that your Mum can at least get her insulin somehow.

I obviously don’t know about payment, or indeed free scripts. So good luck!!!

PS This is a subject close to our hearts...Our daughter is 11 and has had Diabetes for 10 years !

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Post: #11   PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:35 am Reply with quote
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Hi Cardiff Lad
I have been living out her for 18 months and have type 1 diabetes, as does my dad, before we moved out here we went to see the specialist at the state hospital, and at the time he told us they didn't have the insulin I was on, he told me that it was advisable to change in England because they would keep you in hospital out here if they had to change you over.
I know my dad is on a mixtard insulin, not sure which though. If your mum has the pension paper which allows her free prescriptions (not sure what the offical name is) she will get all her medication free from hospital pharmacy, also the specialist is very good and you have to visit him every 2 months, much more than in England.
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Post: #12   PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:15 am Reply with quote
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Hi Shazzychap and Frickerfrog, you do not say where you are/were out here. Please give area as this makes it more helpful. Thanks, Jim.
Hi Ian, as the above updates show, you can get things out here but not necessarily EXACTLY what you need. One other factor to consider is: When you register out here medically they normally notify UK who de-register you there. I do not know how this will be for 1 year. Maybe you should look into it and the possibility of re-registering with the same doctor if/when she returns. There are other things to consider such as alien registration and tax. I do not want the thread derailed into these subjects, merely advising you. You cand find lots of info on these under 'General', and 'Ask Nigel a Question' threads.

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Post: #13   PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:27 pm Reply with quote
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Cheers folks, I appreciate all the assistance. I'll let my mum know all you've said and go from there.
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Post: #14   PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:40 pm Reply with quote
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Ok, i've just called my mum and she says all it says on the cartridges is Humilin M3 and its made by Eli Lilly and co if that helps.

She would need the needles to go into the pen as well but as John was saying they are all different sizes. I guess she would need to get that info from her doctor here.
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Post: #15   PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:52 am Reply with quote
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I am Cardiff Lad's (Ian) Mum and I just want to thank everybody for their help in this matter. Unfortunately I have not got a computer here at the moment as I used to live in USA and it is still there so I have to use the library.
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Post: #16   PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:45 am Reply with quote
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LILLY - the makers of Humulin have a Diabetes Careline
tel.no. 0800 7836764

They are extremely helpful and will give you lots of info.
I discovered that the 2 types of Humulin my husband takes are known by another name !!!!
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Post: #17   PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 11:58 am Reply with quote
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nova wrote:
LILLY - the makers of Humulin have a Diabetes Careline
tel.no. 0800 7836764

They are extremely helpful and will give you lots of info.
I discovered that the 2 types of Humulin my husband takes are known by another name !!!!



Thanks very much Nova
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Post: #18   PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:48 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Ian, I have been into our pharmacist today with the following results:
Humulin 70/30 by Eli Lilly is no longer available in the private sector. He is fairly certain that you can still get it at the State Hospital (as confirmed by the doctor that we saw).
You are able to get Mixtard 30 which he believes is the same as Humulin 70/30. The cost of this is CYŁ22 for 500 units (5 vials each of 100 units).
The vials fit into a Novopen which costs CYŁ35 (one off charge). These are made by Novo Nordisk.
My suggestion would be to come over with the appropriate paperwork and a supply of Humulin, pens and needles etc. to last you for 2 months (you may be able to get more from your doctor). During this time (maybe after 2 WEEKS), go to the hospital and see that you can get what you need. It is easier if you take a sample of your medicines with you (and maybe a UK repeat prescription), to show the doctor there what you take. If all OK, no problem. If not, then you have time to decide what to do.

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Post: #19   PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:26 am Reply with quote
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Thanks Jim, this is Ian's Mum. I thought you said in a previous post that if you are over 65 medicine and treatment are free. Thanks again for all the information.
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Post: #20   PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:11 am Reply with quote
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Hi Ians' Mum, Medicines are free, not sure about treatment as we normally go private. Medicines are free at the State Hospitals, NOT the private sector. This is why I said you may not get exactly what you want, and to give it a try while you still have time to go to 'Plan B'. For free medicines you have to register with the hospital (first time only) and then queue up to see a doctor each time to get the medicine. It will cost you CYŁ1.20 to see the doctor who will give you a prescription (normally 2 months supply, but may not be) which you take to the HOSPITAL Pharmacy. You have to take what they have at the time. If this is not clear, please ask more.

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