Generic Insulin???

Richard157
By Richard157 Latest Reply 2015-01-03 08:22:29 -0600
Started 2014-12-29 19:15:09 -0600

I have heard rumors that there will be a generic form of certain
insulins available in the near future. I did some research. I did
some research and found the article below:

http://www.pmlive.com/pharma_news/mylan_to_de...

The article refers to Lantus as a fast acting insulin. That is NOT true!
The article may not be credible! Maybe they meant Apidra, instead of
Lantus. Apidra is a fast acting insulin.

If generic insulins do eventually appear, what will it mean? Will our
insurance require that we use generic? If so, will generic insulin
work properly for everyone? I doubt it!


3 replies

Edie
Edie 2015-01-03 08:22:29 -0600 Report

Even with Medicare I can't always afford my Meds and that is bad. I get tired of always asking the Docs for my Inuslin, Victoza and such but it is the only way to keep the numbers down. Now with the Weather turning bad I am stuck in the house again. Sometimes I wish we lived in a warm State even if it is raining that way I can keep getting my exercise in. I am doing a lot better than I had been, but will be doing better in 2015 I am finally below 200 pounds.

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2014-12-30 08:28:55 -0600 Report

Personally, I like the idea of generics, I don't like that the article got the information of the insulin wrong, so I suspect they might have gotten other information wrong too. For those who have no insurance and pay cash, generic will be a great option, for those on medicaid or medicare will automatically get generic. Best of health in 2015. HUGS, Heidi

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-12-30 05:33:36 -0600 Report

That is crummy when an article gets that kind of information wrong. I am a fan of generic because I have no insurance and generic allows me to at least look at the access of medicines that others have. It would be crummy if insurance companies require the use of generics. But I fear that is the way we are going in any case.

I use generic of all of my oral medicines and a very basic long lasting insulin that is in vial. They work okay. And for sure, they work better than nothing at all. So while I see your point, I am hopeful for more generics to choose from.