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Why Is Insulin So Expensive

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Why Is Insulin So Expensive?

Why is Insulin so Expensive? The reason why insulin is so expensive is a loaded and complicated question. It wasn’t always this way. To understand how insulin pricing works, we must first look into the history of the drug itself. Insulin was created in 1922 and it was originally derived from animals. Around 30 years ago, researchers discovered biologic insulin and today it’s most commonly created from bacteria! This new form of insulin is better for diabetics to use because it’s closer molecularly to what we produce on your own (when compared to animal insulin). However, this had the effect of slowly but surely raising prices in the United States because it’s expensive to produce. The cost of insulin has tripled between 2002 and 2013, as more Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. Many people believe that with so many companies making the drug, prices should go down, but instead, insulin continues to be very expensive. Making Insulin Affordable The largest insulin manufacturers put the blame on increased insulin pricing for three main reasons. First, the cost rises because it is expensive to make and second because pharmacy benefit managers are raising the prices artificial Continue reading >>

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  1. merrymerriemary

    I no longer can afford my Lantus that I take at bedtime. Can I take an extra metformin dose?

    I take metformin 1000 twice daily. Can I increase my metformin or take it 3 times daily to make up for the lantus?

  2. DzooBaby

    Metformin wont do what Lantus does. Call your endocrinologist or whatever doc is treating your diabetes and let them know that you are having trouble affording Lantus. Perhaps they can get you samples or they may know of a program where you can get the drug at reduced cost. Dont try to change you regimen yourself. You could wind up having disaster happen and end up in the hospital or even dead-not a good idea to play with your meds yourself.

  3. DZ DzooBaby

    My father has the same trouble. He has medicare but he has the "donut" hole and when he is in the donut hole, he has to pay full price for Lantus and it is unGodly expensive. He would love to only pay $70 but I know when you dont have the money, you dont have it even if it is 50 cents. My fathers Dr gives him samples when he falls in the hole so that he doesnt have to make a choice of trying to go without. Lantus is vital to your health. If you dont get your sugar under control you can wreck your body organs and you could die.

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