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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
Roni Shye - November 21, 2017
For people who need to take insulin, there are a couple of different types—long-acting, short-acting, rapid-acting, intermediate-acting, etc. That’s a lot of options!
One question I see most often is the difference between rapid-acting and long-acting insulins. So, let’s get into it.
What is rapid-acting insulin?
Rapid-acting, or meal-time insulin, is a type of insulin that’s usually taken before, during, or after a meal to lower your blood sugar levels associated with meals. 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
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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 09, 2011
What are the most dangerous medications? Results from a recent study highlight four drugs that are responsible for a shocking number of negative effects. Data from 2007 – 2009 shows that these four drugs were involved in more than two-thirds of the hospitalizations of older patients for harmful drug reactions and incidents.
Researchers looked at emergency hospitalizations of adults aged 65 years and older that were attributed to the use of a drug, or a drug-specific adverse effect. See More