Had to pay almost $400.00 4 days early for insulin

By Jan8 Latest Reply 2014-06-16 15:06:53 -0500
Started 2014-06-12 09:01:37 -0500

I was really astounded by the price of my insulin . I had to pay this because it was 4 days early and the ins co. wouldn't okay it. I have coverage with my insulin so naturally it would be early. What do you think of this ?

Tags: insulin

28 replies

HeidiLynne 2014-06-14 17:52:50 -0500 Report

I just had this problem with my Lantus! I called my doctor to rewrite my prescription because I
Would run out on the 28th day! I now can 're-
Order my Lantus on the 27th day and NOT
have to wait till the first of the month with

Jeff82 2014-06-13 00:26:31 -0500 Report

Jan, I have been diabetic for 31 years, i just got an insulin pump two years ago. It did take a little getting used to, but after time, you honestly do not even notice it. I initially had hesitations of things "stuck in my body" but the good thing is the it will lower your blood sugars, A1C, and everything in terms of your diabetes control. I delayed getting it because I delayed what I thought would be a lot if work maintaining it, but it's very easy to use. If you have any questions you can message me

Jan8 2014-06-13 06:27:50 -0500 Report

Thank you Jeff. I am considering it more seriously considering this as a decision I should make.

dIDYMUS 2014-06-12 21:16:03 -0500 Report

I am totally pissed about this. Before Obummer carer my preemiums went up 50% It has steadily been rising since then. I am type 2 and pretty much controlled by Metaformin and diet. I test 1 times per day. We also have to pay from 59.00 per month to 80.00 per month so we can insure our children's dental care. My children are now 31 and 34 years old, so I imagine we won't have any children under 18 soon. HaHa.

My heart goes out to you who have been victomised by this health care. All I can say, is it is unfair and discraceful. The best to all of you.

neverlowbg 2014-06-12 17:26:22 -0500 Report

Oh it does make life easier and by getting on pump I went from 400-500 units of insulin a day to 200 units every three days it does take about a week or two to get used to pump but then you really do forget it's there the pump IMHO saved me as I was getting frustrated at multiple shots a day and the amount of insulin I was taking a day just made me sick and my bg was all over the place a1c was still high but I have non if those problems anymore and because pump did a good job of regulating bg I was able to get off the pills it takes about six eight weeks from her you start the pump process till everything is going good then my endo looks at my pump settings and bg tests that are stored in pump and she gets nice charts and graphs and adjusts pump either over the phone or at my appointment it's just better controlled insulin delivery I don't have set meal times and can even skip a meal no lows no highs I love my pump wish I would have done it yrs ago but was afraid of it but after last hospital visit I tried it out and refused to give back her loaner till I got my new one in as for the cgm that they offer with it I threw that in the drawer my meter talks to my pump and that cgm hurts to put in and malfunctions allot plus there exspencive even with insurance and you still have to manually test four times a day so I said fooey on that hogwash

kimfing 2014-06-12 12:26:31 -0500 Report

That is astounding! Yikes. Next time, call Dr they may have a vial in the office they could give you. My Dr gave me one, sample, on Tuesday at my appt. I didn't even ask for it. I thinks did that as a bcak up for me since i only get ince a month and god forbid if i drop it and the vial breaks

Type1Lou 2014-06-12 11:27:47 -0500 Report

Is there a reason you filled it 4 days early? Even so, if you filled it now, I wonder if they would refuse to pay because not enough time has lapsed since your last refill? You might wish to escalate your inquiry/complaint. I've found that worked for me when Medco shorted me one vial of insulin several years back. (See my discussion here http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...) When I got no satisfaction via e-mail or telephone, I wrote a letter of complaint to the President of Medco stating my case and suggesting that their handling might border on the "criminally negligent"; I also threatened a state insurance department complaint as well as a letter to the health benefits administrator of the retirement plan providing my prescription coverage which was administered by Medco. I got a prompt response and that 3rd vial of insulin to cover my 90 day refill and no subsequent problems.

Jan8 2014-06-12 11:48:38 -0500 Report

Way to go Lou ! I will do the same. The reason it was 4 days early was because my BGs were too high at times and I had to use more insulin. My doc is aware that my Bgs are all over the place and he can't figure it out. neither can the dietician. He told me that's just the way I am. So lucky !!

neverlowbg 2014-06-12 14:45:15 -0500 Report

I used to be the same way bg all over the place I went on a pump now I stay normal around 100-130 you should check it out

Jan8 2014-06-12 16:59:27 -0500 Report

I am getting closer to having a pump. I just cant stand having something stuck in my body. I tried a fake one and hated it but it's beginning to sound better. I'd still have to monitor BGs though. Maybe make my life better.

Type1Lou 2014-06-12 12:12:24 -0500 Report

You might wish to enlist the help of your doctor to state the reason you needed insulin 4 days early. In retrospect, you might have been able to avoid the problem by having him rewrite your insulin prescription and submitting it as a new RX. It is so frustrating that insurers seem to make it harder for us to manage our diabetes…the stress alone of dealing with them can raise our BG's!

Jan8 2014-06-12 12:59:58 -0500 Report

he did write a script that added with coverage. I should have noticed ahead of time that I was running out. it was a Sunday. Thanks for your concern .

GabbyPA 2014-06-12 11:05:50 -0500 Report

Did you have enough to last those 4 days? I find it nuts not to cover it 4 days ahead. Now that you have paid, can you get another prescription to get the insurance company to pay for some and then you will have a little extra to keep that from happening again?

Jan8 2014-06-12 11:58:45 -0500 Report

No I didn't have enough to cover the 4 days and yes it is nuts. I ordered other prescriptions days later and Guess what was in the bag??? A whole other box of insulin !!