Vial vs. Tile: Tile Won

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2017-12-21 11:31:52 -0600
Started 2017-12-14 13:05:06 -0600

I keep my insulin vial in my butter spot in the fridge door. The other day, I opened it up and the vial fell out it's box and onto the tile kitchen floor…smash! Broke the bottom right off the bottle. Brand new bottle mind you, only dosed once out of it. A whole range of emotions (and colorful words to go with them) flooded me.

I am fortunate, I can just go buy some more, no prescription required and only $25 per vial. But I know some of us cannot and a loss like that could set you back both physically and financially.

Does your doctor allow you to replace a lost pen or broken insulin vial?
Will your insurance cover an extra one under these circumstances?
Has this ever happened to you and what did you do about it?

5 replies

Type1Lou 2017-12-21 11:31:52 -0600 Report

So far, in 41 years with diabetes, I haven't broken a vial of insulin. I DO keep it in its original box which is closed. I doubt Medicare would approve a replacement if I did. NovoLog's retail cost is currently around $300/vial…OUCH!

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2017-12-19 10:52:06 -0600 Report

While I've never lost a vial to the tile, I've had close calls. But, I have lost a vial. I've also just simply run out of insulin, thinking I had another one in the fridge only to discover too late that I do not.

First line of defense, call your doctor. If you are seeing an endocrinologist, chances are there are sample vials in the back room. I don't abuse it, but I've been saved in a pinch on more than a couple of occasions over my life with diabetes.

GabbyPA 2017-12-20 16:04:55 -0600 Report

Yeah, I have dropped them at home on vinyl tile and they didn't break. This one the whole bottom just popped off.

msann 2017-12-14 15:34:20 -0600 Report

Hey I don’t know me and hubby keep ours in side door but they are in the boxes but we use pens I use to use the vial but love the pens will your insurance pay for pens we get 5 each Lantus solostar

GabbyPA 2017-12-15 06:24:25 -0600 Report

I don't use insurance for my diabetic supplies. I buy all out of pocket so I don't have to worry about if they will cover what I need or what I want to stockpile. Mine is kept in a box, but I tear the lid off so I have easy access. A habit I might be changing.

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