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Re: [IP] High Cost of Insulin



Have you talked to your doctor about using NPH for your basals?  I am
curious about what he has to say.  Keep us posted with your progress.

On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 7:08 PM, Adam <
email @ redacted> wrote:

> Yes, I switched to regular insulin when I called CVS in June and they
> said Lantus cost $300 a vial.
> No can do.   So I inject regular insulin every five hours to provide
> my basal dose.     I went back to  pumping Humalog for a  few months,
> until about two weeks ago, when my pump stopped working correctly.
> So am back to regular insulin as my basal insulin.   It sucks.
>
> On 8/31/15, email @ redacted
> <email @ redacted> wrote:
> > It's been so long since I used N and R (before the "faster" - but not
> fast
> > enough in my opinion insulins)./ But I would think that scheduling doses
> > with
> > meals would need getting used to, and having patience for corrections.B
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> >
> > From: "Diane J Hudson" <
> email @ redacted>
> > To: "IP" <email @ redacted>
> > Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 2:42:09 PM
> > Subject: Re: [IP] High Cost of Insulin
> >
> > So far, Medicare and my secondary insurance are covering my costs for
> > insulin. I wonder how long that will last. I'm also wondering if anyone
> is
> > thinking about switching to regular insulin in their pumps as prices
> > increase to climb.
> >
> > I know using regular insulin has been mentioned as an alternative when
> > there's no money to pay for the analogs. Is anyone doing it? If so, I'd
> > surely like to learn how to make the switch -- tips/techniques/gotchas.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Diane J
> >
> > On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 2:46 PM, Liliana Wells <
> > email @ redacted> wrote:
> >
> >> Jerry - to answer your question...YES. B I have noticed this gouging
> with
> >> other drugs as well, such as medications that help with COPD. B The more
> >> the
> >> patient replies on a particular drug for life, the more expensive it is,
> >> more than 3 or 4 times what it can be purchased out of the US.
> >>
> >> With no insurance I have been fortunate enough to receive insulin from a
> >> friend. B My husband, who uses medications for COPD, has been fortunate
> >> to
> >> have friends in Central America and Europe who can buy and ship his
> >> medications at a fraction of the cost. B It is almost worth it to hop on
> >> a
> >> airplane and go get the medications ourselves.
> >>
> >> I have no objection to a company recouping its R&D costs. B But past
> >> that,
> >> it is gouging.
> >>
> >> On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 4:23 PM, <
> >> email @ redacted> wrote:
> >>
> >> > B I have a correction to my previous post. At the beginning of 2013,
> >> > the
> >> > cost of
> >> > my Humalog insulin was $145 per vial. The price increased to $222 as
> of
> >> my
> >> > last
> >> > refill at the end of June. That is an increase of +53% in two and one
> >> half
> >> > years
> >> > or an average +21% per year. What is going on? Are we being gouged by
> >> > the
> >> > manufacturer, in this case Eli Lilly and Company?
> >> >
> >> > Here is the link to the article I posted on August 20th:
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> B >
> >>
> > B >
> >
> http://www.medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/Diabetes/53139?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2015-
> > 08-20&eun=g948793d0r
> >> >
> >> > Jerry Smith
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