Bydureon is costly!

By Armourer Latest Reply 2013-11-14 13:25:24 -0600
Started 2013-04-10 01:28:01 -0500

My new doc has put me on Bydureon after taking me off Victozia. It is very involed injecting the drug using a vial & syringe, & the needle is big! Good thing is it is injected just once a week. Went for 1.5 months on samples. Finally got a perscription and I nearly choked! After co-pay my cost was $350 a month, or $1100 for three months! Needless to say I didn't get the drug and tomarrow seeing his nurse to find a solution.

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Cher9285 2013-11-14 13:25:24 -0600 Report

WOAH! I thought mine was bad- I'm on it, and my after-insurance pay is $50. Holy cow!!! I saw that someone else commented about taking insulin instead. Call your insurance company. Ask what your options are. THey should be able to give you an idea of what is covered and what may not be. Good luck!

Lizardfan 2013-04-11 15:16:10 -0500 Report

I would recommend the financial support program from the company as well. My sister used it, and they give you vouchers and she only paid $65 after her insurance paid. I have very good federal insurance and I pay $70 for three months supply of Bydureon. I have been on it since Feb 2012. It has been a great drug for me, my A1C's have been really good since starting the drug. I hope they can resolve it for you. Good luck.

martin54 2013-04-11 13:06:51 -0500 Report

My co pay for a 3 month is only $50 did you visit the bydureon site they do offer help with the co pays

MoeGig 2013-04-10 19:16:55 -0500 Report

I read Jaybee's link to this drug. Why don't you just go on insulin. Many T2 diabetics have difficulty using drugs that stimulate the pancreas (Bydureon) or prevent the liver from dumping glucose (metformin), etc. The most natural drug is injecting insulin itself, isn't it? You can't tell me that people are all doing this to avoid taking a couple shots a day. If money is an issue, why not go back to the older insulins like NPH and Regular…which are pretty inexpensive these days in comparison the Lantus. May dad is T2 and had trouble controlling…switched to 10 units of Lantus once a day and has been fine…btw, he'll be celebrating his 98th bday this coming May.

jayabee52 2013-04-11 23:02:17 -0500 Report

if memory serves, Armourer is allergic to insulin. (please excuse me if I am mistaken)

MoeGig 2013-04-12 07:21:44 -0500 Report

Gee, I've never heard of anyone being allergic to insulin…I certainly apologize for bloviating if that's the case. Couldn't imagine that your body is allergic to its own homone.

jayabee52 2013-04-12 17:13:05 -0500 Report

yes I have heard of cases of being allergic to their own insulin. It was an acquaintence from long ago and I didn't have diabetes at the time, so I didn't follow up on it. Just filed it away in my memory bank. However, Armourer, if memory serves is allergic to exogenous insulin. (again Armourer, if mistaken please excuse me)

Armourer 2013-04-12 21:42:39 -0500 Report

I'm not allergic to insulin, but I'm one of those who has gained 50 lbs on the drug in the past six years. Today my BG is fantastic, but had a doc visit last Monday and he put me back on Victozia and up the dose to 1.8 starting next Monday.

MoeGig - I take short & long acting insulin. On Lantus I'm up to 100 units a day.

Because I'm on Medicare as my primary, the company's voucher doesn't apply to me. Although retired and on limited income, I still take home more income then any of the companies medication assistance programs.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-12 16:59:00 -0500 Report

Yes, itis hard to comprehend why our bodies can seemingly turn on us. This happens with autoimmune disorders, also. Something makes the boides immune system start attacking areas, or cell types as if they were foreign invaders. Or, in the case of injected insulin it might be similar to your own, but not close enough. The body can get busy trying to reject the insulin. I would guess in this case, it would be similar to rejecting an organ transplant.

tinkerbell54 2013-04-10 03:37:50 -0500 Report

But is it pain med or diabetic med? Tinkerbell54

jayabee52 2013-04-10 05:34:13 -0500 Report

Tink, this is from on Bydureon: "What is Bydureon?
Bydureon (exenatide) is an injectable diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. This medication helps your pancreas produce insulin more efficiently. Bydureon is an extended-release form of exenatide." source ~

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