Prescription Insulin Cost Help

By LadySylvia1962 Latest Reply 2017-09-22 12:48:22 -0500
Started 2010-10-01 22:59:01 -0500

I need guidance, please. I found out I'm now in the "donut hole" for my prescriptions (I'm on a Medicare Plan), and now I can't afford my insulins. Sadly, as soon as the agencies I was referred to heard how much mine and my husband's Social Security amounts were (never taking into consideration the fact we have a mortgage, car payment, utilities that have all gone up or are new), they basically say I'm too "rich" to ask for help. This has me so frightened, especially because I was recently in the hospital for severe Ketoacidosis. I don't want to go back there! I thought of the drug companies (I take two different kinds of insulin, plus an oral medication), but there, too, I'm afraid I won't qualify for help.

I am on Lantus (vial) and Humialog.

Does anyone have any suggestions, please??? I'm really stressed out over this.

Thank You!

7 replies

mharper59 2015-09-09 16:03:56 -0500 Report

I was able to get help for my insulin directly from the manufacturers through a company called The Rx Solution. I am insulin dependent. There are patient assistance programs through certain manufacturers and with there help it was a really simple process. My medications get sent directly to the doctors office every three-four months. I would recommend them to anyone. There number is (888) 823-0042 and there website is
Hope this helps!

somedaysoon 2015-04-25 17:38:58 -0500 Report

I am also in the "donut hole". My next 90-day supply of Humulin will cost $1443.00!!! Lantus another $500. I don't qualify for Soc. Sec. or Medicare help. Same thing with State help. Their rules are a couple can have only $27000 a year. My god, we'd be living under a bridge somewhere on that income. They are 40 years behind the times with their regulations. It is just awful. I am in the process of filling out papers for Eli Lily Patient Assistance. Afraid we have too much money for them also, but they have a wonderful counselor helping me. We are 77 years old and live on Soc. Sec. and $1000 a month from a small pension. We have house payment, car payment, utilities, other medications..but none of that counts towards our income level. Everything is gross, no exceptions for expenses. It is just horrible. I truly believe the govrenment wants old people to die.

markh11 2014-12-01 13:40:40 -0600 Report

hi, i was able to get my insulin directly from the manufacture using an advocacy group called patient assistance 123. They literally saved my life. They made the process simple and stress free. my medication is shipped directly to my doctors every 3 months. My insulin was costing me over $400 a month, now i pay close to nothing. I would recommend them anyone who is struggling to pay for their medications.

Harlen 2010-10-02 18:37:29 -0500 Report

Hello from time to time I run out of the insulin I need and my endo will just give me 3 to 4 viles I use a lot of insulin 200 ut a day and thats on a low carb day
You may try
Best wishes

somedaysoon 2015-04-25 17:41:17 -0500 Report

You are one lucky person! I've been diabetic for 35 years and have never, NEVER, had a doctor give me insulin samples or full vials. Not a drop! I truly believed that they didn't have any!

RAYT721 2010-10-02 04:47:50 -0500 Report

There are a number of patient advocacy programs for clinical trials, free or low cost medications, hospital costs rated by income, information, testing supplies, etc that are sponsored by clinics, schools, manufacturers, and social service agencies. The problem is that these types of programs are not widely publicized so they are the kinds of things that the patients have to search for. It may be quite a bit of work but can be worthwhile. Every city and state has its own resources. Might I suggest a call to the United Way Services, a trip to the American Diabetes Assoc website, a conversation with your doctor, some google searching, and even a call to the local hospital(s) who may be aware of programs and resources that you are not aware of??? The answers may not fall in your lap but if you take the time to take action in calling or clicking, you may get the answers … and help … that you need.