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Benita Lee - September 21, 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. The most recent price increases are on insulins made by Sanofi-Aventis and Novo Nordisk, which raised prices by as much as 3% in May and July of this year, respectively. 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
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
Marie Beaugureau - February 08, 2018
The numbers are in: U.S. spending on diabetes drugs increased from $10 billion to $22 billion per year between 2002 and 2012, according to a recent study. And most of that cost was due to skyrocketing prices for one diabetes medication: insulin. Take, for example, Lantus, one of the most popular insulins on the market. The price of a 10-milliliter vial has shot up from under $40 in 2001 to around $275 today. 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
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 - April 29, 2015
With so many different insulin and insulin-like products out there these days it can be hard to keep track of when your vial should be tossed.
Depending on your dose, you may still have insulin left in your vial by the manufacturer-recommended time to throw it away. If this sounds like a familiar situation, know that it is important to throw away your vial regardless of whether you have any leftover. See More
Roni Shye - September 15, 2014
As 2014 comes to a close, we should be thinking about what to expect for 2015. The start of a new year is a time for new challenges, new goals, and inevitably, a new prescription formulary.
What does this mean for you?
Express Scripts and Caremark have decided to remove certain diabetes medications from their national preferred formulary and provided a list of covered alternatives. For more information and the full list of excluded drugs, see our post on the 2015 formulary changes. See More
Roni Shye - November 14, 2013
Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year.
We’re reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture of your options. See More
Elizabeth Davis - October 29, 2013
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2014. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing almost 50 brands from their formularies at the end of 2013. More information is below.
What are Express Scripts and Caremark?
Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More