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Dr. Sharon Orrange - September 21, 2018
Comparing long-acting insulins? Tresiba may come out ahead. With the exception of NPH insulins like Humulin N and Novolin N (which are now considered to be intermediate acting), they are all going to cost you. So, if you are already paying big bucks for your long-acting insulin, here are some things to think about.
What is a long-acting or basal insulin?
This is your baseline insulin, the insulin that is secreted to control your sugars when you are not eating (also known as the fasting state). See More
Roni Shye - September 19, 2018
If you’re having trouble affording your insulin, you’re not alone. Research has shown that expenses for diabetes can reach well beyond $1,000 a month, leaving many who cannot afford this cost without care.
In response to the ever-climbing prices of insulin, manufacturer Eli Lilly created the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center, a helpline aimed at finding personalized solutions for uninsured and low-income individuals who need help paying for their insulin. See More
Benita Lee - September 05, 2018
Despite outrage over the high cost of insulin, prices for popular insulin treatments have continued to climb in 2018, according to a GoodRx analysis of drug prices.
Though prices are not climbing as quickly as they did between 2002 and 2013—when the average cost of insulin therapy tripled—the average price of insulin has increased by 64% since January 2014. Since the beginning of 2017, when drug prices became a key part of White House agenda, insulin prices have increased by 9% on average. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - August 21, 2018
Cutting down or rationing insulin has dire consequences for all type 1 as well as type 2 diabetics dependent on insulin. Working in a busy practice alongside an endocrinologist with predominantly type 1 diabetic patients, I’ve seen the team behind our doctors working hard to keep insulin affordable for patients. Here is what I’ve learned from the best.
Steps for insured patients
If you’re about to take insulin, choose one that’s preferred:
- Call your insurance first to find their preferred insulin products. See More
Benita Lee - June 18, 2018
An unexpected increase in weight can be concerning for anyone. But it’s an unfortunate side effect of many common medications. Insulin, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and even migraine medications can all cause weight gain, and some may even worsen the health conditions they’re trying to treat.
Sudden weight gain is never a reason to stop your medication without seeing your doctor first. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - June 07, 2016
Insulin: legal, widely used, and transforms lives. But there are risks—soon you’ll see why we try to spare our type II diabetics from having to start insulin. Using oral medications to their maximum dose and incorporating diet and lifestyle changes is the way to go before resorting to insulin.
Of course, tight blood sugar control is the goal for reducing diabetes related complications (kidney disease, eye disease, neuropathy) but insulin remains one of the most challenging aspects of diabetes management given the risks. See More
Elizabeth Davis - November 23, 2015
You can now find and compare diabetes supplies on GoodRx! Do a search now to see prices for glucose test strips and meters, control solution, syringes and lancets, and more.
As you may already know, shopping around online will typically get you a lower price than what you’ll find walking in to your local pharmacy.
Dr. Sharon Orrange - October 06, 2015
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. That’s more than 10% of the US—and that number continues to rise. More than 1.7 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 alone.
Fortunately, several new medications for diabetes have recently been approved—Toujeo (a new insulin product), Synjardy (a new combination of empagliflozin/metformin) and others. These new drugs provide several benefits such as fewer side effects or foolproof self-dosing with an insulin pen. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - July 13, 2015
You probably already know that many prescriptions have side effects. Most are mild—annoying issues like nausea or sleepiness that are inconvenient at worst. Others, however, can be deadly.
A very small number of medications are responsible for the majority of adverse side effects and hospitalizations from harmful drug reactions. How bad are these drugs? Between 2007 to 2009, almost 100,000 patients older than 65 had emergency hospitalizations for dangerous drug reactions, and almost 20,000 people die from prescription drug overdoses annually. See More
Roni Shye - May 05, 2015
Did you read our blog on insulin vials and think to yourself, does this apply to my insulin pens too? If so, this post is for you!
With so many different insulin and insulin-like products out there these days it can be hard keep track of how long each of these pens stays good.
Depending on your dose, you may still have insulin left in your pen at the manufacturer-recommended time to throw it away. If this sounds like a familiar situation, know that it is important to throw away your pen regardless of whether you have any leftover. See More