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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
Roni Shye - April 10, 2018
Long-acting insulins are only administered once or twice daily, and include drugs like Lantus, Toujeo, Basaglar, and Levemir. As of March 27th, we have a new one to add to the long-acting insulin family – Toujeo Max SoloStar.
What is Toujeo Max SoloStar indicated for?
Toujeo Max SoloStar is indicated to improve blood sugar control in adults with diabetes. It will be available in a 3 ml disposable prefilled SoloStar pen in the strength of 300 units/ml. See More
Tori Marsh - December 22, 2017
One of the only ways to treat diabetes type 1 and 2 are through insulin injections, like Lantus (insulin glargine), that help to control blood sugar. Unfortunately, doctors consistently report low levels of adherence to insulins, Lantus included. The main reason? The cost.
Lantus is a prime example of an expensive insulin—averaging around $274 per month, it is unaffordable for many. But GoodRx is here to help.
Here is some information on Lantus, and how you can save
Why are insulins, and Lantus, so expensive?
The case of insulin prices is an interesting one. 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
Roni Shye - September 28, 2017
Proper disposal of sharp medical objects—like syringes, needles, or lancets—is important to prevent injury. The improper disposal of needles or sharps is dangerous and can increase the risk for a needle stick injury, which can spread blood-borne diseases like HIV or various forms of hepatitis.
Many states have laws regarding sharp disposal, so it’s important to understand proper disposal practices. See More
Roni Shye - July 28, 2017
If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor or health care provider has most likely prescribed you a long acting insulin like Lantus (insulin glargine), Toujeo (insulin glargine), or Basaglar (insulin glargine). These type of insulins work to control your blood sugar between meals and when you’re sleeping. They can be injected once or twice a day to give you around-the-clock blood sugar control.
Elizabeth Davis - August 17, 2016
Americans, get ready for sticker shock at the pharmacy.
In 2017, the nation’s largest insurance companies will likely exclude up to 154 different drugs from coverage. If you’re taking one of these prescriptions, your co-pay is about to go way, way up.
Last year, popular drugs including Viagra and Qsymia were dropped by major insurance plans for 2016. The trend continues this year. Almost 50 popular brand-name and generic drugs will likely no longer be covered by one of the nation’s largest prescription insurance providers. 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 - October 23, 2015
The other recent insulin approvals are what I like to call spin-off insulin products. For example, Toujeo has the same type of insulin as Lantus (insulin glargine), but is more concentrated. Humalog U-200 is the same exact product as Humalog U-100 (insulin lispro), but once again, more concentrated. See More