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A Vase for Your Insulin Vials

By David Mendosa

Last Update: February 12, 2006

If your insulin vials roll around in your refrigerator, an inventor who also has diabetes has the solution to this annoyance.

Vial Vase

The Vial Vase

The inventor, J. Michael Langham, designed what he calls the Vial Vase. It can hold up to five vials of insulin more conveniently and in much less space than leaving the vials in their paper packaging. We know, because there is one in our refrigerator right now holding several vials of insulin.

Mr. Langham, the founder and president of Langham Engineering in Peru, Illinois, had almost 30 years of diabetes to come up with this slick solution. In his other life he designs mechanical and electrical systems for companies nationwide.

Made of a mixture of 50 percent general polymer and 50 percent medium impact polystyrene, this little Vial Vase sells for $9.99 each  —  including shipping and handling  —  from the Vial Vase website. 

This article originally appeared on on February 12, 2006.

    David Mendosa is a freelance journalist and consultant specializing in diabetes and lives in Boulder, Colorado. When he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in February 1994, he began to write entirely about that condition. His articles and columns have appeared in many of the major diabetes magazines and websites. His own website, David Mendosa’s Diabetes Directory, established in 1995, was one of the first and is now one of the largest with that focus. Every month he also publishes an online newsletter called “Diabetes Update.” He is a co-author of What Makes My Blood Glucose Go Up...And Down? (New York: Marlowe & Co., August 2003).

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