What can I do to be able to get meds for my diabetes when I can't afford to get them or health insurance?

Dr. David Erani


You are not alone in having this concern. The cost of medications and healthcare in general is becoming a problem for more and more people. One thing that can help is to make sure that you take generic medications whenever possible. These medications are chemically identical to the brand name versions and can cost as little as $4 for a one month supply. There is no generic insulin, however, one of the major insulin companies, Novo Nordisk, produces an insulin that is less expensive than its Novo-branded products, and distributes it through Walmart. For medications that are not available in generic forms, most drug companies have a program which provides medications at no cost to patients who cannot afford to buy them. They are usually referred to as “patient assistance” programs. Finally, most medical practices have samples of medications for their patients. While you may not be able to get enough samples to completely meet your needs, this could be a way of reducing your cost if you can get at least some of the medicine you need as samples.

January 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

3 replies

maryh514 2014-05-23 08:46:55 -0500 Report

I was able to get help for my insulin through a company called Prescription Assistance 123. The name of the patient advocate that assisted me was Mark Brown. I am on insulin (lantus and Humalog) He signed me up for the patient assistance program through the manufacture and it was a really simple process. I receive my medications in the mail every three months. I would recommend him and this company to anyone. His number is (888) 507-9123 or his direct number is (561) 288-9044
Thanks Mark and good luck to everyone!