Novo Nordisk announced they will offer a free, one-time supply of insulin to people in immediate need and at risk of rationing the medication with a prescription.
They will be able to get up to three vials or two packs of pens. This does not eliminate the risk of insulin rationing but is a big step. After this, patients need to find a longer-term solution from other affordability offerings. Novo says that patients can buy three vials or two packs of pens of its analog insulins for $99, following similar offers from Sanofi and Eli Lilly. Additionally, they announced the launch of cheaper versions of Novolog.
Recently, the rising price of insulin has gained criticism from lawmakers and regulators. The cost of insulin has nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016. This has lead to the risk of rationing the medication since people can no longer afford it. Last year, Eli Lilly started selling a half-price version of its Humalog insulin and Sanofi said it would cut the cost of its insulin products to $99 per month for some patients.
Additionally, If you are someone in immediate need of insulin and cannot afford it you can reach out to Insulin 4 life and they may be able to help. You can also try reaching out to your healthcare provider, explain the situation, and possibly get samples, look for discount programs, use a drug saving card, or apply for assistance.
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