Eli Lilly recently dispatched commercial medical supplies, including insulin, to the storm-ravaged island of Puerto Rico for humanitarian distribution following severe hurricane damage to much of the territory’s infrastructure.
Lilly said in a release it sent its first batch of supplies to San Juan on Sept. 24 for allocation to several hospitals and clinics. The latest shipment, including 3,000 insulin vials, will benefit residents with diabetes who may have lost their supply sources.
Three pharmacies will be stocked in the event that consumers’ regular sites are closed: Bayamon Health Center; Centro de Diabetes para Puerto Rico, and Hospital Municipal de San Juan, the release said.
Dr. Angel Comulada, who serves as president of the Puerto Rican Society of Diabetology and Endocrinology (SPED), said in the release that the additional insulin supplies will contribute greatly to recovery.
"The devastation inflicted on Puerto Rico is beyond what many of us can imagine, and the health and safety of everyone is on all our minds," Enrique Conterno, president of Lilly Diabetes and Lilly USA, said in the release. "This latest shipment of medicine is an important step, but much work remains. Lilly will continue to monitor developments on the island closely and work to ensure our medicines are available."