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Why Is Lantus Insulin So Expensive

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Why Is Lantus So Expensive? And How Can You Save?

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. In the 1920s, insulin was extracted from cattle pancreas, which led to negative reactions in some patients. So, scientists made it better. In the 1970’s a new type of insulin was developed using a technique called recombinant DNA technology. This technique uses human DNA to create the insulin needed and ultimately reduced complications. But the catch? After the new insulin with human DNA was created, the older and more affordable insulin was taken off the market in the US. Since then, the demand for diabetes medications has increased, and the cost of insulin has skyrocketed, leaving many paying an anywhere from $300-$900 pe Continue reading >>

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  2. Sideburnt

    Because when life saving medicine sits in the hands of Private financial institutions then greed and monopoly aren't far behind.
    The Canadian chap that was largely responsible for discovering how to mass produce insulin explicitly refused to patent it because he wanted insulin to be free to those who needed it. He'd be furious at the current system in some countries, and rightly so.

  3. KillerLag

    Actually, he did patent it, but sold it to the University of Toronto for 50 cents.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulin#Nobel_Prizes
    "The Nobel Prize committee in 1923 credited the practical extraction of insulin to a team at the University of Toronto and awarded the Nobel Prize to two men: Frederick Banting and J.J.R. Macleod.[68] They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1923 for the discovery of insulin. Banting, insulted that Best was not mentioned, shared his prize with him, and Macleod immediately shared his with James Collip. The patent for insulin was sold to the University of Toronto for one half-dollar."
    Edit: Related news article that happened to also come out today.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-drug-companies-keep-insulin-prices-high/

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