Cost of insulin

Jesse's derby
By Jesse's derby Latest Reply 2013-05-23 10:15:27 -0500
Started 2013-05-16 08:26:42 -0500

I was recently put on insulin. Dr. gave me samples. Yesterday I went to fill the script. The price quotes made me sick! (I have been given Lantus Solo-star pen). Any tips on places to go, call, etc. to get help paying for supplies?

9 replies

GitchyMe 2013-05-23 10:15:27 -0500 Report

Wow! I wish I could put all Y'all on my insurance! I get 3 months of cgm' sensors ($1400) and supplies for my pump ($900) insulin (8 vials) and teststrips (800) and I only pay about $40 if that.

I am very blessed and lucky and Again wish I could add all y'all! Nobody with this disease should ever have to worry or go without their life saving meds because of cost!!

fmorlan 2013-05-22 22:39:29 -0500 Report

My daughter is diabetic and we have no health insurance any suggestions on who to contact about pens or a pump

satanslvr 2013-05-21 20:56:55 -0500 Report

I am also on Lantus and recieve mine ( vial and syringe) through the Manufacturer at the doctors office.Just have to make sure you have a 2 week supply when you order refills or you could be letr without

Jesse's derby
Jesse's derby 2013-05-17 07:25:43 -0500 Report

Thank you for all your suggestions. Will pick up more supplies today from doctor's office. Will hold me over while I do some more investigating.

jENNjENNtheRN 2013-05-16 22:40:31 -0500 Report

There are programs by the drug and strip manufacturers that can help. Also, if you're under 25 then you could look into Bakestarr. They help with lots of things. Don't be afraid to ask the doctors office for help with finding or advocating for you.

GabbyPA 2013-05-16 19:51:04 -0500 Report

Have you asked your doctor if there are alternatives to that type of insulin? Sometimes we have to pay for the convenience of it, not the value of it. What I use comes in a vial. I don't mind and for $36 a month I have both my insulin and my needles. I realize there are many kinds of insulin out there and mine is one of the cheapest, but I pay out of pocket, so I use what I can afford.

The other thing you may want to try is to contact the manufacturer of the medicine and see if they have a program to help patients pay for their prescriptions.

s93vw 2013-05-16 18:25:32 -0500 Report

My insurance isn't much help with Lantus or Humolog pens. My daughter is also diabetic and because she is a child I paid the extra expense for her to have the pens. I am comfortable using vial's and syringes. They cost a fraction of the cost of the pens.

jojowm 2013-05-16 13:14:20 -0500 Report

I am also on the Lantus Solo-star pen. I am on my second sample pen and have not yet had to fill a prescription for that. As far as the other supplies I get mine at the Shoprite Pharmacy. I have found that they are cheaper than Walgreens. I use the One Touch mini meter, and a package of 100 strips is $33.00 with my insurance. My lancets are only $11.00 for a box of 100 with no insurance. I also take Metformin 1000mg 2x a day and that is a 30day supply for free. Maybe check there if you can or with the manufacturer. Sometimes they have coupons or special discounts for diabetic supplies.

Jesse's derby
Jesse's derby 2013-05-16 17:30:46 -0500 Report

Thank you for your input. I love Shoprite…but the one in my area doesn't have a pharmacy. After checking with 3 local pharmacies and calculating innumerable prices for test strips, insulin…including coupons etc…I called my Dr. office in near breakdown state…they are going to give me more "samples" tomorrow…stress…Yep!!! (as an aside…I am having a big problem with the socio/economic situation that this "epidemic" is creating…where is the help???????.

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