Love/Hate Relationship with #Insulin

The cost of insulin has been grossly inflated. The government is doing nothing to control or even reprimand the companies artificially inflating their prices. So what can we do about it? Houston, we have a problem.

The New York Times published a troubling story back in June. A harrowing statistic shows that 1 in 4 people with Type 1 diabetes have “cut” their insulin dose due to costs. Fun fact – Type 1 diabetes is the kind of diabetes that must be treated with insulin or the person will die.

Perhaps the companies like Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and sanofi aventis don’t care too much about their customers? Nah. 90% of their customers have Type 2 diabetes, the insulin-resistant kind. They make plenty of T2D pills and other fixins’. The insulin is more of a relic than a revolutionary drug. Nothing to see here but a shocking price tag.

Eli Lilly’s fast-acting insulin, Humalog, goes for $330. Novo Nordisk’s speedy analogue is Novolog and it’s yours for $350. sanofi Aventis markets Apidra for just under $300. What a bargain! Actually of all 3 mentioned, Apidra caused the most amount of nerve damage for me. Ever consider using Fluffy or Fido’s insulin?

At least Walmart is looking to help a diabetic out by offering the discounted ReliOn brand of insulin. The cool thing about it is that Walmart teamed-up with Novo Nordisk to offer affordable options for people who aren’t ride or die for their fasting-acting analogues. For the price of $24 – you’ll feel like a million bucks!

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About Allie Beatty

Allie's Voice is where I put my thoughts on health news. I have Type 1 diabetes but I talk about things that apply to everybody. Reach me on Twitter @AlliesVoice. Subscribe for free to Allie's Voice weekend e-news to support the nonprofit, Dip a Stick® for Diabetes. Learn more at www.dipastick.org.
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