Generic insulins?

By melissa5786 Latest Reply 2011-02-08 12:40:13 -0600
Started 2011-02-06 10:55:06 -0600

So, I had a doctor appointment last month and he told me that when I had to get my insulin refilled that I should get the generic brands. My pharmicist told me they don't make any form of generic insulin.

I take Humlin 70/30 and Humlin Regular. My question is; are there NO generics for insulin at all? And if there's not, why would my doctor suggest it? I know it was to save me money, but shouldn't he know if it's even out on the market before telling his patients to get it?

17 replies

lorna13 2011-02-08 00:13:15 -0600 Report

Yes there is, but check with your doctor first. Walmart has a generic brand that I used for a short time. When my insurance came through they didn't cover it, but they did cover the humalog and lantis, go figure! I think it is a walmart only brand. I am sorry I can't remember the nameit has bee a few years since I used it.It was about half the price of humalog.

kdroberts 2011-02-08 12:14:03 -0600 Report

It's not really a generic brand, it's humulin brand insulin that walmart-have contracted with Eli Lilly to buy and sell under their own relion label. It used to be novolin brand but they switched late last year. The only downside is that they don't do pens yet, just vials.

sc1boy 2011-02-06 16:16:28 -0600 Report

YES there are a few generics like Reli-on make one and it is carried at walmart that is the only place that carries reli-on and the only generic that I know of.

realsis77 2011-02-06 13:31:11 -0600 Report

Hi I also take humulin R and lantus. As far as I know there are no generics for these or I would be getting them. I'm not sure why your doc sugested that but id ask him.maybe in a few years they will make generics for us, hopefully.

melissa5786 2011-02-06 15:24:35 -0600 Report

I hope so. It's killing me to pay $58 a piece for both my insulins. My health insurance doesn't cover anything!

chimpanda 2011-02-07 11:44:29 -0600 Report

Yeah insurance doesn't help out much with my diabetic supplies and medications either. I've already spent $300 over the last month on those. I take Novolog and Levemir and they are $50 each, every month. Generic would be fantastic

alanbossman 2011-02-06 11:17:49 -0600 Report

As of right now there are no generic insulin later on maybe in a few years there could be generic insulin i do not know why your doctor told you to get generic insulin. You can check with your doctor if he has some samples of your insulin that he could give you, check your doctor every time you go in his office.

melissa5786 2011-02-06 11:46:27 -0600 Report

Thank you. I don't understand why he told me to ask then. He should have known they weren't available. I will ask for samples at my next visit.

Aaron1977 2011-02-06 11:17:00 -0600 Report

That is a very good question. I've never heard of a generic insulin and you'd think your doctor would know that. Regular has been around a long time - is there a reason he didn't put you on one of the newer faster acting insulins like Novalog or Apidra?

melissa5786 2011-02-06 11:45:52 -0600 Report

I only take the regular at lunch or dinner when my BG's are higher than 140. I've asked about other types, but he thinks that I have my numbers under such good control with what I'm on right now that he doesn't want to change anything.

mkhojh99 2011-02-06 21:29:37 -0600 Report

the other thing is to find out who makes it…a lot of the drug companys can give you free insulin. I did this when I was laid off…I got my lantus and humalog free for awhile. You just fill out a form and your doc signs it and in a week or two you have it.

vgarrison 2011-02-07 22:22:40 -0600 Report

The Patient Assistant Program (PAP) are the best…I don't have insurance and both my Lantus and my Novolog are well as my test strips…you do have to show proof of income, so I'd assume there is a guideline for this program, but worth a shot!!