|Betasint Bovine Lente|
|Lente by Beta Laboratorios|
|U40, U80, U100||Zinc|
| Action in dogs:
|Also known as: Beef Lente|
| Similar to: Hypurin Bovine Lente, Insuvet Lente|
Iletin Lente, Beef Lentard
|Use and Handling:|
|Shelf Life: 24 months||Type: cloudy|
|When Opened: 28 days room temp.|
|In Pen: N/A|
| Notes: Protect from light and heat|
Do Not Freeze, Re-suspend
Do not use if product does not re-suspend
Do not use intravenously 
Intramuscular use not advised,
Store between 2-8C
Why Lente doesn't equal 70/30Edit
Let's look at the differences in the two insulins. Lente is comprised of 70 % long-acting Ultralente insulin and 30% short-acting Semilente insulin. So proportions of a long-acting and short-acting insulin are being combined to produce a intermediate-acting insulin. Both Ultralente and Semilente insulin are suspended by adding zinc and the size of their respective insulin crystals. The largest insulin crystals are those of Ultralente, while Semilente contains the smallest, or microcrystals. Simply put, you're combining a long insulin and a short insulin to make an intermediate-acting one.
70/30 insulin starts with 70% NPH/isophane insulin, an intermediate-acting insulin which is suspended by protamine. To that, 30% R/neutral/normal insulin, which is short-acting and soluble, meaning there is no suspension; nothing is added to this insulin to delay its action. In this case, you are taking an intermediate-acting insulin with a suspension and adding to it a short-acting one with no suspension to create an intermediate-acting insulin.
So we have an insulin (Lente), made up of a long-acting and short-acting insulin, both with zinc suspensions, and a mixed insulin (70/30), made from an intermediate-acting protamine suspended insulin and a short-acting one without any suspension. Because of these differences, the insulin action profile for these two insulins is going to be quite different, even though both insulins are classed as intermediate-acting.
What Lente Is NotEdit
Combining Lente Family InsulinsEdit
Insulin manufacturers  indicate that R/neutral and semilente, Lente, ultralente insulins are able to be combined in the same syringe, but only just before injection. In pre-filled syringes, the zinc suspension of the Lente-type insulins binds the R/neutral, causing it to lose its short-acting effect. Various studies have documented this, and some doctors advise against using R/neutral in the same syringe with the Lente family of insulins. 
None of the Lente family of insulins (semilente, Lente, Ultralente) can be combined with  NPH/isophane insulins. The phenol preservatives present in NPH-type insulins alters the Lente-types to the point where they become a close approximation of R/neutral, with regard to action. 
|Hypurin Bovine Lente|
Betasint Bovine Lente
|Iletin Lente (No longer produced.)|
Beef Lentard (No longer produced.)
|Iletin I Lente (No longer produced.) |
Lentard MC (No longer produced.)
|Betasint Porcine Lente, Lente CHO|
|Monotard Pork (No longer produced.)|
|Monotard, Novolin L|
(No longer produced.)
Huminsulin L, Huminsulin Long
Humutard, Humulin L
Humulin Lenta, Humulin Lente
Humulina L, Humuline Long
Umuline Lente, Umuline Zinc Compose
(No longer produced.)
The following are lente type zinc suspension insulins but since they are produced for use in animals, they are not found in BNF, but in its sister veterinary formulary.
|Insuvet Lente (No longer produced.)|
These fall into the category of intermediate-length insulins.
- ↑ Maddison, Jill E.,Page, Stephen W.,Church, David B. (2008). Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology. Saunders Ltd..
- ↑ Betasint Bovine Lente. Beta Labotatorios.
- ↑ Google Translation of Betasint Bovine Lente page.
- ↑ Definition of Lente Insulin. Merck Manual.
- ↑ Hypurin Bovine Lente Patient Information. Net Doctor UK.
- ↑ Hypurin Bovine Lente. Wockhardt UK.
- ↑ Prescribing Bovine Insulin.
- ↑ Discontinuation of Insuvet Insulins. My Online Vet UK.
- ↑ Insuvet Discontinuation. VioVet UK.
- ↑ Pfizer insulin products currently unavailable. Veterinary News (29 October 2010).
- ↑ Dumitriu, Severian (2001). Polymeric Biomaterials, Revised and Expanded 1104. CRC Press.
- ↑ Greco, Deborah (2010). Treating Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats. Western Veterinary Conference.
- ↑ Combining Lente-type Insulins with Phenol-Preserved Insulins. National Federation for the Blind.
- ↑ Lente Zinc Suspension Causes Loss Of R/Neutral Short-Acting Effect. Endotext.org.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Lente-Type Insulins & NPH/Isophane Insulins-A Bad Combination. National Federation for the Blind.
- ↑ Havlik I, Galasko G, Alberts E, Furman KI, Seftel HC. (1988). Solubility Changes on Mixing Short- and Long-acting Insulin Preparations. South African Medical Journal.
- ↑ Deckert, T. (1980). Intermediate-Acting Insulin Preparations: NPH (Isophane) & Lente. Diabetes Care.
Note--in 1980, there were no r-DNA/GE/GM insulins
- ↑ Resource Guide. American Diabetes Association (2005).
- ↑ Insulin Producers vs Doctors Re:Combining R/Neutral & Lente-type Insulins. Endotext.org.
- ↑ Huffman DM, Garber AJ. (1991). Availability of Soluble (R/Neutral) Insulin in Mixed Preparations of Crystalline (Lente) & Ultralente GE Insulins. Clinical Therapeutics.
- ↑ Bilo HJ, Heine RJ, Sikkenk AC, van der Meer J, van der Veen EA. (1987). Absorption Kinetics & Action Profiles-Single Subcutaneous Administration of Human Soluble (R/Neutral) & Lente Insulin. Diabetes Care.
- ↑ Heine RJ, Sikkenk AC, Eizenga WH, van der Veen EA. (1983). Delayed Onset of Action of Soluble (R/Neutral) Insulin After Premixing With Lente Insulin. Diabetes Research & Clinical Practice.
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 Insulin Therapy-Mixing Precautions. RxEd.org.
- ↑ Iletin I Lente-Beef/Pork Insulin Shown at Right.
- ↑ Carton Image-Iletin II Lente.
- Lente Insulins-Injectable Suspensions West Virginia University College of Pharmacy, 2009