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You Can Buy Insulin Without A Prescription, But Should You?

You Can Buy Insulin Without A Prescription, But Should You?

As anyone with diabetes can tell you, managing the disease with insulin usually means regular checkups at the doctor's office to fine-tune the dosage, monitor blood-sugar levels and check for complications. But here's a little known fact: Some forms of insulin can be bought without a prescription. Carmen Smith did that for six years when she didn't have health insurance and didn't have a primary care doctor. She bought her insulin without a prescription at Wal-Mart. "It's not like we go in our trench coat and a top hat, saying, 'Uh I need the insulin,' " says Smith, who lives in Cleveland. "The clerks usually don't know it's a big secret. They'll just go, 'Do we sell over-the-counter insulin?' " Once the pharmacist says yes, the clerk just goes to get it, Smith says. "And you purchase it and go about your business." But it's still a pretty uncommon purchase. Smith didn't learn from a doctor that she could buy insulin that way. In fact, many doctors don't know it's possible. When she no longer had insurance to help pay for doctors' appointments or medicine, Smith happened to ask at Wal-Mart if she could get vials of the medicine without a prescription. To figure out the dose, she just used the same amount a doctor had given her years before. It was a way to survive, she says, but no way to live. It was horrible when she didn't get the size of the dose or the timing quite right. "It's a quick high and then, it's a down," Smith says. "The down part is, you feel icky. You feel lifeless. You feel pain. And the cramps are so intense — till you can't walk, you can't sit, you can't stand." Smith says her guesswork put her in the emergency room a handful of times over the years. The availability of insulin over the counter presents a real conundrum. As Smith's experience shows Continue reading >>

How To Find A Lantus Coupon

How To Find A Lantus Coupon

It looks like this page may be out of date. Please visit NerdWallet’s health hub for our latest content. Diabetics don’t have much of a choice when it comes to taking their insulin, and the costs can be very high, so a Lantus coupon can be invaluable. Paired with diabetic supplies like syringes and blood glucose testing equipment, diabetes is an expensive disease. But with a little bit of information and some resourcefulness, you may be able to save on your monthly prescriptions. Lantus is a long-acting insulin made by Sanofi-Aventis and prescribed to both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. Diabetics are unable to naturally produce or use insulin like most people, so they take injections of synthetic insulin to help regulate their blood sugar. Generic Lantus At this time, there is no generic form of Lantus available. However, that may soon change. The patents protecting Lantus from cheaper generic alternatives expired in February 2015, so less expensive forms of the drug may be coming. When this happens, opting for generic will likely be the best way to save on Lantus, and because of FDA requirements, you don’t have to worry about the generic version being less effective or less safe. Although some people avoid buying generics because they are afraid they won’t work as well as the name brands, those fears are largely unfounded. Lantus coupons from the manufacturer One carton of Lantus can cost close to $400 without insurance, according to GoodRx.com, though Lantus may very well be part of your insurance formulary. Currently, the maker of the drug offers a Lantus Savings Card. According to its website, the card can reduce your prescription cost to no more than $25. However, it also says there is a maximum benefit of $100 off each prescription for the duration of the pr Continue reading >>

Affordable Diabetes: Wal-mart Tops List

Affordable Diabetes: Wal-mart Tops List

I get loads of questions about where to find discounted meds and other diabetes supplies. Especially over at the DiabeticConnect community, costs are one of the hottest topics. Until now, I've been referring folks to Patient Assistance Programs, neglecting the fact that if you have a little bit of cash on hand, you can get your D-stuff for amazing prices at your local Wal-Mart. Seriously. I was pretty stunned when I walked by the Wal-Mart Pharmacy booth at the ADA Conference last week and saw the price points: Glucose Meters starting at $9 Testing Strips starting at .39 cents each (!) A ReliOn home A1c test kit for $9 And get this: a 30-day prescription for just $4, or a 90-day supply for $10, for hundreds of oral drugs, including: Metformin Glyburide Glipizide Glimepiride Lovastatin Lisinopril Levothyroxine and many more, including arthritis and pain drugs, gastrointestinal meds, asthma and infection treatments, etc., etc. Wow. There was actually new research data presented at the ADA showing that Wal-Mart and Medco Mail Order are currently the least expensive drug vendors. Some excerpts from this report: "The total monthly out-of-pocket price for all 10 drugs most commonly prescribed to diabetes patients for any indication ranged from a low of $428.35 with Medco to a high of $641.90 with Rite Aid." "Dr. Jackness and colleagues found that metformin sold for $4.00 in the generic drug discount program at Wal-Mart and Target and for $5.00 at Kmart. But the local neighborhood pharmacies averaged $38.95 and pharmacy chain Rite Aid charged $39.99." Boo on Rite Aid, I say! And even though Wal-Mart may have taken some unethical missteps with its employment practices in the past, you have to appreciate their efforts to offer some financial relief to people with diabetes. The pr Continue reading >>

Insulin Prices Overview: The Ada’s Efforts To Reduce Cost

Insulin Prices Overview: The Ada’s Efforts To Reduce Cost

It Costs To Stay Alive The American Diabetes Association is taking a stance against expensive insulin treatments. Since 2002, the price of insulin has tripled. Pricing is set through a complex supply chain which includes manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), insurers, and pharmacies. Insulin is a life-saving drug that is necessary for people with diabetes. As the prices continue to rise across the boards, many diabetics can no longer afford it. The prices for insulin in government programs, like Medicaid for example, have risen too. A History Of Insulin Price Increases Today, Humalog, a short-acting insulin costs nearly $275 for a 10mL bottle. That price reflects a 7.8% increase from July 2016 pricing. According to Business Insider last month, this price has risen steeply over the past 20 years. In 1996, Humalog cost about $25. It doubled to $50 in 2003. In 2010, the price was $100. Then, in 2014 a Humalog prescription was about $200. And now it is $275. Living conditions and expenses are compromised for those that are uninsured or, underinsured, and patients that need several daily doses. Pricing is not set just by pharmaceutical companies. Manufacturing costs and health insurance plan discounts affect insulin drug costs too. It is difficult to find the prescription drug breakdowns since much of the information of manufacturers and health insurance companies is confidential. Drug wholesalers and distributors, PBMs, health plans and some retail pharmacy chains act as middlemen to negotiate prices and take a cut of the prices. Then, the middlemen increase the price of the drug. When the price cuts are not passed down to the consumers, medications like insulin are overpriced and often become too expensive for the patient to afford. The Need For Ins Continue reading >>

The Cost Of Insulin

The Cost Of Insulin

The price of insulin has more than tripled in ten years. Not everybody pays full price, but many find the cost of insulin complicates their life. This week, we’ll cover why insulin prices are so high. Next week, we’ll address what to do about it. According to this story on CBS News, people with diabetes are “cutting back [on their insulin doses] or even going without the drug,” putting them at greater risk for complications. Insulin costs have soared from $100–$200 per month a few years ago to $400–$500 a month now. CBS News quotes a college student saying her bill for insulin has risen from $130 to $495 per month. She has given up her insulin pump and gone back to injections because of expense. One of her friends has cut her dose down to 80% of what’s ordered to save money. This has become common practice for many. A doctor in Montana reported that insulin prices greatly complicate people’s care. “I have patients who tell me that they have to make a decision between food and insulin, and their rent and insulin.” Why is this happening? When insulin was discovered the 1920s, the doctors who found it gave it away. It immediately started saving lives for people with Type 1 diabetes. Now insulin has become a $24-billion-a-year market globally and is predicted to pass $48 billion in only five more years. And people around the world who need it can’t afford it. There are several causes for the price spikes, but many of them come down to America’s pretend “free market” approach to health care. We are seeing these problems now with the controversy over one brand of epinephrine injections, whose manufacturer increased their price by 500% and then paid their CEO a nearly $19 million salary. Here are some ways American economics are making insulin unaff Continue reading >>

Why Treating Diabetes Keeps Getting More Expensive

Why Treating Diabetes Keeps Getting More Expensive

Laura Marston is one of the 1.25 million Americans who suffer from Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disorder in which a person's pancreas can't make insulin. She hoards vials of the life-saving medicine in her refrigerator to protect herself from the drug's rising prices. (Jorge Ribas/The Washington Post) At first, the researchers who discovered insulin agonized about whether to patent the drug at all. It was 1921, and the team of biochemists and physicians based in Toronto was troubled by the idea of profiting from a medicine that had such widespread human value, one that could transform diabetes from a death sentence into a manageable disease. Ultimately, they decided to file for a patent — and promptly sold it to the University of Toronto for $3, or $1 for each person listed. It was the best way, they believed, to ensure that no company would have a monopoly and patients would have affordable access to a safe, effective drug. “Above all, these were discoverers who were trying to do a great humanitarian thing,” said historian Michael Bliss, “and they hoped their discovery was a kind of gift to humanity.” But the drug also has become a gift to the pharmaceutical industry. A version of insulin that carried a list price of $17 a vial in 1997 is priced at $138 today. Another that launched two decades ago with a sticker price of $21 a vial has been increased to $255. [This 90-year-old fight over insulin royalties reveals just how much has changed in medicine] Seventy-five years after the original insulin patent expired — a point at which drug prices usually decline — three companies have made incremental improvements to insulin that generate new patents and profits, creating a family of modern insulins worth billions of dollars. The history of insulin captures Continue reading >>

The Insulin Market Is Heading For A Shakeup. But Patients May Not Benefit

The Insulin Market Is Heading For A Shakeup. But Patients May Not Benefit

The insulin market, dominated by old drugs that have skyrocketed in price, is on the verge of a shakeup. The first “follow-on” insulin for diabetics, similar to a generic medication for synthetic drugs, will hit the market in December. It’s expected to be followed in the coming months and years by a wave of new follow-on and “biosimilar” insulins that have the same protein structures as brand-name products. Experts predict that these new insulins will carry lower prices — but it’s far from certain that the competition will drive down costs overall. The stakes are high: About 6 million Americans with diabetes use insulin, either alone or in combination with an oral drug. The annual cost of insulin reached $736 per patient in 2013, up threefold since 2002. Diabetes medicines, including insulin, are the second most expensive category of prescription drugs, according to Express Scripts, the big pharmacy benefits manager. Here’s what you need to know about how insulin prices got so high — and what you should expect from the coming shifts in the market. What’s on the market now? The vast majority of diabetics who need insulin choose from a menu of a half-dozen “analog” brands, which are chemically altered from natural human insulin. They’re manufactured by just three different drug makers: Novo Nordisk, Sanofi-Aventis, and Eli Lilly. Some are long-acting insulins, injected once or twice a day; others act rapidly and patients inject or deliver them with a pump as needed. Many patients use both. A few of these products — like Novo Nordisk’s Tresiba and Sanofi’s Toujeo, which are both long-acting — have only been on the market a matter of months, and aren’t yet widely used. But the others have generally been around for at least a decade, and s Continue reading >>

80% Off Victoza Coupons & Discounts You Can Use In 2017

80% Off Victoza Coupons & Discounts You Can Use In 2017

Treats type 2 diabetes. Also used to help with weight loss in certain patients. This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to liraglutide, you have a multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2), or if you or anyone in your family had medullary thyroid cancer.Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or become pregnant while you are using this medicine. Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under the skin of your stomach, thighs, or upper arms. If you use insulin in addition to this medicine, do not mix them into the same syringe. You may give the shots in the same area (such as your stomach), but do not give the shots right next to each other. Injection routeYou may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. Injection routeYou will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas. Injection routeUse a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine. Never share medicine pens with others under any circumstances. Sharing needles or pens can result in transmission of infection. Drink extra fluids so you will urinate more often and help prevent kidney problems. This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one. Missed dose: If you miss a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. Then take your next daily dose as usual on the following day. Never take extra medicine to make up Continue reading >>

$4 Prescriptions

$4 Prescriptions

At Walmart, we make it easy to get your prescriptions filled at Every Day Low Prices. Find a Walmart pharmacy near you by entering your zip code. Refill prescriptions, view your order history or transfer a prescription through our website or mobile pharmacy app. You can even use our website to browse affordable generic drugs by condition to see price and quantity information, and you can view a list of top brand-name prescription medications and their generic equivalents. And with home delivery, you can get your prescriptions delivered right to your home. While our low-cost generic prescription medications can save you a bundle, at Walmart, we're more than just generics. We carry the brands you trust as well as generics priced to save you money. We also provide a wide variety of pharmacy services, including in-store clinic services at select stores, smart prescription medication disposal and even pet medications. For pharmacy services you can trust and prescription medications you can afford, choose Walmart. Save money. Live better. Continue reading >>

When You Can't Afford The Insulin That You Need To Survive | How To Use The Cheap

When You Can't Afford The Insulin That You Need To Survive | How To Use The Cheap "old-school" Insulin

Note: BootCamp for Betics is not a medical center. Anything you read on this site should not be considered medical advice, and is for educational purposes only. Always consult with a physician or a diabetes nurse educator before starting or changing insulin doses. Did you know that all type 1 diabetics and some type 2 diabetics need injectable insulin in order to live? Put another way, if a diabetic needs insulin in order to live, and the diabetic does not get insulin, the diabetic will die. Diabetic death from Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a grisly process, during which acid starts running through your bloodstream, searing your vessels and organs while your body shrivels up in dehydration as it tries to push the acid out of your body through your urine and lungs, and, left untreated, the condition shuts down your organs one by one until you are dead. If you're lucky, your brain will be the first thing to swell itself into a coma and you'll be unconscious for the remainder of the organ failures. In some cases, this grisly diabetic death can take a few days or weeks to complete its process. Or, if you're one of the luckier less-resistant insulin-dependent type 2 diabetics, you may actually get away with staying alive for quite a few years and suffer only some heart disease, stroke, kidney damage/failure, neuropathy, limb amputations and blindness. (my intent in describing how lack of insulin leads to death is not to cause fear in people with diabetes or their loved ones; rather, my intent is to make clear the reality that injectable insulin is absolutely vital to diabetics who depend on injectable insulin to live) While I'd love to go off on a political rant about how insulin should be a basic human right for all insulin-dependent diabetics (and why the hell isn't it?), that' Continue reading >>

Lantus Prices, Coupons And Patient Assistance Programs

Lantus Prices, Coupons And Patient Assistance Programs

Lantus (insulin glargine) is a member of the insulin drug class and is commonly used for Diabetes - Type 1 and Diabetes - Type 2. Lantus Prices This Lantus price guide is based on using the Drugs.com discount card which is accepted at most U.S. pharmacies. The cost for Lantus subcutaneous solution (100 units/mL) is around $276 for a supply of 10 milliliters, depending on the pharmacy you visit. Prices are for cash paying customers only and are not valid with insurance plans. Lantus is available as a brand name drug only, a generic version is not yet available. For more information, read about generic Lantus availability. Subcutaneous Solution Important: When there is a range of pricing, consumers should normally expect to pay the lower price. However, due to stock shortages and other unknown variables we cannot provide any guarantee. Drugs.com Printable Discount Card Print Now The free Drugs.com Discount Card works like a coupon and can save you up to 80% or more off the cost of prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs and pet prescriptions. Please note: This is a drug discount program, not an insurance plan. Valid at all major chains including Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Target, WalMart Pharmacy, Duane Reade and 63,000 pharmacies nationwide. Lantus Coupons and Rebates Lantus offers may be in the form of a printable coupon, rebate, savings card, trial offer, or free samples. Some offers may be printed right from a website, others require registration, completing a questionnaire, or obtaining a sample from the doctor's office. Sanofi Rx Savings Card for Lantus: Eligible patients may pay $0 copay on each of up to 12 prescriptions; for additional information contact the program at 800-981-2491. Applies to: Lantus SoloSTAR Pen Number of uses: 12 times Continue reading >>

Why Walmart Insulins Aren’t The Answer To High Insulin Prices

Why Walmart Insulins Aren’t The Answer To High Insulin Prices

A diabetes advocate contrasts the performance of generic insulins versus the more popular brands. Commentary Some people don’t understand why people with diabetes get upset at the price of insulin. They see insulin for sale at a relatively reasonable price in Walmart and don’t see the problem. What they don’t know is that these Walmart insulins just don’t perform nearly as well as the more expensive insulins, and that gap in performance can have a very negative effect on the health of people with diabetes. There are three insulins available at Walmart for the price of $25 – NPH, Regular, and 70/30 (a mix of the two). NPH was first approved by the FDA in 1950, Regular was approved in 1982, 70/30 in 1989. That means NPH has been around for 66 years, Regular for 33 years, 70/30 for 27 years. Take a moment and think about what healthcare was like in 1950. Now, I’m sure someone is saying, “Well, they must still work if they are still being sold.” And they do, but they don’t work in the same way. These insulins are not interchangeable. If a person with Type 1 diabetes were to switch from a Humalog/Lantus insulin regimen to Regular and NPH, it would drastically alter their lifestyle, making blood sugar control more irregular and raising A1C scores. The biggest issue is that whereas Lantus is steady, NPH peaks. A person using NPH must keep a very set dietary schedule, making sure to eat meals and snacks at certain times to correspond with peak times of an insulin dose. The strict schedule is difficult for everyone, but especially for children. They are unable to alter their daily schedules and must always be sure to eat at specific times. Even if they’re not hungry, they must eat to avoid low blood sugar. And if they are hungry, they often cannot have more t Continue reading >>

Relion Insulin And Other Products At Walmart

Relion Insulin And Other Products At Walmart

Having diabetes can be very expensive, which is why the most recent announcement from Walmart will come as welcome news: In an effort to save people with diabetes up to $60 million a year, the retailer has just introduced the low-cost ReliOn Prime meter and test strips to its ReliOn family of products. The meter will cost $16.24, while the strips will cost $9 for a 50-count package, coming out to 18 cents a test. Additional ReliOn products, such as lancets, syringes, and gloves, will see price reductions, while insulin products will be offered at the price of $24.88 a bottle. “We’ve worked closely with our suppliers and found a way to significantly reduce the cost of diabetes products for all of our customers, whether they have insurance or not, so they can better manage their disease,” noted John Agwunobi, MD, president of Walmart US Health and Wellness. For more information, click here. This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell. Continue reading >>

Hi Has Any Used Novalin R From Walmart In An Insulin Pump?

Hi Has Any Used Novalin R From Walmart In An Insulin Pump?

Hi has any used Novalin R from Walmart in an insulin pump? We have not, but I am sure someone will be along shortly who has. If this is primarily due to cost you may want to look at these resources on our site: Canada insulin: price comparisons Vendors The SCOTUS Lexmark decision on 05/30/2017 appears to make import of FDA-approved drugs legal under certain conditions that are still a bit unclear . On that basis, we started researching sources and costs for Canadian insulin. This is what we found, with numbers we looked up over the past few days: [image] What I would choose If I had to choose, I would buy Basaglar for basal, and Novolog pens or vials, both from Marks Marine Pharmacy. Marks Marine Pharmacy is a brick-and-mortar pharmacy i Resources for PWD without Insurance Insurance Many PWDs are fortunate enough to have some form of health insurance. For those that dont, care can be a challenge. Where do you turn to get the supplies to live? This community collectively has an enormous wealth of knowledge that someone, somewhere needs, so please add any relevant information possible. The following is not an exhaustive list of resources, but merely a starting place for those in need who Dont have a healthcare plan, or their Healthplan has poor coverageCant afford th If this is because you are trying to achieve a medical goal and Novalin R is the best choice the so be it. I started pumping in 1996 with regular insulin, maybe for the first 3-4 years until the newer insulin were available. Regular will work, but your pump settings would be different to match the slower action, and longer duration of regular. You will likely have to make different pump settings, longer times for pre bolus, and carbs will be more challenging to match Regular insulin action. Thanks , by the w Continue reading >>

Eli Lilly And Walmart To Provide Affordable Insulin

Eli Lilly And Walmart To Provide Affordable Insulin

Eli Lilly and Company announced they’re teaming up with Walmart to provide an affordable insulin option for people with diabetes. Beginning in mid-September, Lilly’s Humulin(R) brand of insulin will be available in Walmart pharmacies across the U.S. under the dual-branded name Humulin(R) ReliOn(R), including 10 mL vials of Humulin(R) R U-100, Humulin(R) N, and Humulin(R) 70/30 formulations. Humulin, the world’s first synthetic human insulin, was introduced by Lilly in 1982. Continue reading >>

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