(NBC) - Thousands of vials of stolen insulin are now being resold. Thiscreates serious for diabetics across the United States and inHouston.
Mary Rose Kieschnik was hospitalized for her diabetes just aweek ago. She is now dependent on insulin shots every day.
"It's really very, very serious," said Kieschnik. "To me, it'sshocking that someone would steal medication like that."
The Food and DrugAdministration issued a public health advisory about Levemirinsulin, saying that 129,000 vials of the medication were stolenwhile they were being shipped in February.
The vials have resurfaced in a Houston "medical center,"officials said. When asked if that phrase meant a doctor's office,hospital or a pharmacy, the FDA representative would notclarify.
"It's really very sad," said Kieschnik. "So many people dependon it as a life-saving method."
The FDA said it has received one report of a patient whosuffered an adverse event after using a vial.
"It's incomprehensible why someone would steal insulin," saidDr. Ernest Bartimmo with Memorial Hermann Medical Group. "It's notcostly and there's a limited market."
The FDA has narrowed the stolen vials down to three lot numbers:XZF0036, XZF0037 and XZF0038. The lot numbers are found on eachvial and on the box.
Bartimmo said the vials could be dangerous.
"How do you know it's even insulin in there?" said Bartimmo.
Bartimmo said that if the insulin just got too hot it would notwork. Patients could easily end up in the emergency room with theirblood sugar out of control, he said.
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