Help buying my insulin

By Chrise70 Latest Reply 2018-01-25 18:12:59 -0600
Started 2013-04-05 19:30:59 -0500

I'm having trouble buying my insulin it costs 500.00 a month after my insurance does anyone know how I can get help with paying for my insulin thank u guys for any advice u can give me other wise I just stop taking it

28 replies

mharper59 2015-09-09 16:01:46 -0500 Report

I was able to get help for my insulin directly from the manufacturers through a company called The Rx Solution. I am on insulin (Lantus and Humalog) There are patient assistance programs through certain manufacturers and with there help it was a really simple process. My medications get sent directly to the doctors office every three-four months. I would recommend them to anyone. There number is (888) 823-0042 and there website is
Hope this helps!

GabbyPA 2015-09-11 08:03:17 -0500 Report

Would you be willing to start a new discussion with this information? I am sure a lot of members would appreciate it.

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pamjarmon@gmail. com 2014-09-17 10:56:03 -0500 Report

I lost my job of 35 years and have not been able to receive my unemployment and now out of insulin need a little help until i receive another job just a little down at this time

aleesha 2013-06-19 16:55:17 -0500 Report

Go to the web site for levemir I think you can get it free if you have no insurance and low income I believe the income limit it around 22000,00

CassBen 2013-04-09 10:48:55 -0500 Report

In NY the only generic insulin I have found is at Walmart. They have regular, long acting, and I believe a mix. THEY DO NOT however offer fast acting regular to be used in an insulin pump (a bone of contention for me). My insulin (NovoLog/Apidra), averages $350.00 a BOTTLE without insurance. My endocrinologist is kind enough to give me insulin when the office has it in…apparently, the manufacturer gives the offices samples. While I do not rely on this for my insulin, it has been the difference for me when the choice becomes insulin or no insulin. Even when insurance covers insulin, our share of the cost can be prohibitive with all the other expenses associated with diabetic care. I wish you the best of luck.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-09 10:01:07 -0500 Report

You can also check the website of the pharmaceutical company that makes it and see if they offer a discount card or can help with you getting the medication in some way that is affordable to you.

MoeGig 2013-04-08 22:53:58 -0500 Report

That's ridiculous…Unless you're allergic to all other kinds, and this is a specialty insuling, I would just go back to Humalog and NPH which are relatively inexpensive. It might take a little more testing to get the control you need/want, but 46 years ago, I survived on regular insulin taken 3 or 4 times/day and testing was limited to urine tests.

Chrise70 2013-04-07 18:03:17 -0500 Report

I will have to find out if there is a generic for levemir

jayabee52 2013-04-07 18:31:29 -0500 Report

I quickly Googled "generic levemir" and found this info: "Generic LevemirNo generic Levemir (insulin detemir) is currently available. Several patents prevent any generic versions from being sold in the United States until February 2014, when the first patent expires. Also, Levemir is considered a "biologic" medication, which means it is under different laws and regulations than many other medications. At this point, it is not legal for generic Levemir to be manufactured." source ~

Chrise70 2013-04-07 21:24:18 -0500 Report

Thank u jayabee52 for posting that for me

Chrise70 2013-04-08 01:16:57 -0500 Report

No but I kind of expected it that's the way my luck runs I will call my Dr and find out if they have any samples if not I will just do without

lneider 2013-04-07 07:06:23 -0500 Report

Chrise novo nordisk has a patient asstance program, you can get the application from your Dr,, he will need to complete his portion of the reqesttoo good luck Linda

ShellyLargent 2013-04-05 23:20:25 -0500 Report

Depending on the type of insulin you take, Walmart has ReliOn brand insulin for under $30 a bottle. I get mine there. I'm using Novolin with my pod. I've also used their Humulog and Humulin and NPH before. If you don't live close to a store you can have it shipped to your house for free. Just need to have your doctor send over a prescription for what you need. You can go to ReliOn's website to see what the different insulins are that they make and it will tell you how much the cost is at a local Walmart. ReliOn is only carried at Walmart.

jayabee52 2013-04-05 23:40:54 -0500 Report

if my memory serves Gwen uses the extra strong U 500 insulin (wouldn't know about Chrise but because of the cost may be the same strength) That would not be carried by a Wally world pharmacy. In fact not all pharmacies stock that strength of insulin. To start a Rx of U500 it usually has to be special ordered. (according to my DIL who is a pharmacy tech)

From the relion site: insulins available:
• Novolin® N (NPH human insulin [rDNA origin] isophane suspension)
• Novolin® R U-100 (regular insulin human injection, USP [rDNA origin])
• Novolin® 70/30 (70% human insulin isophane suspension, 30% human insulin injection [rDNA origin]) ~

Gwen214 2013-04-05 21:38:54 -0500 Report

I'm in same boat. 1 vile is 600.00, then goes down after the deductible. I'm not sure where to look. Iv been just saving up to buy it.

Gwen214 2013-04-06 21:55:07 -0500 Report

Correct, jayabee52, thanks. I've asked about the generic stuff, and nope it's not offered in the U500

cwkw6 2013-04-06 22:01:44 -0500 Report

also not all the insulin pin or flex pins are covered by most insurance either

CJ55 2013-04-07 00:41:02 -0500 Report

I use the U-500 concentrted insuin andit is VERY HARD to find. I cannot find it as any of the local pharmacy's. I either get mine at the hospital pharmacy or I mail my scripts away to CVS carmark with B/C B/S.

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