Get Humalog for $68/vial or Novolog for $72/vial TODAY
First, this is NOT another page dedicated to bogus manufacturer Patient Assistance Programs. Having lived with Type 1 diabetes for nearly 50 years, I can honestly tell you I have never met a person who qualified for those fake programs. Ever. Yet as we head into a new year, for people with high-deductible insurance plans, the deductible reset dates often start at " open enrollment " which is in November at many organizations (although some plans use the calendar year as the reset date for deductibles, which means January 1 -- a lousy way to wish patients a happy new year and that's slightly over a month away...
Source: Scott's Web Log - October 13, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Eli Lilly and Company insulin analogs Novo Nordisk drug prices GoodRx prescriptions Source Type: blogs

Get Humalog or Novolog for $68/vial TODAY
First, this is NOT another page dedicated to bogus manufacturer Patient Assistance Programs. Having lived with Type 1 diabetes for nearly 50 years, I can honestly tell you I have never met a person who qualified for those fake programs. Ever. Yet as we head into a new year, for people with high-deductible insurance plans, the deductible reset dates often start at " open enrollment " which is in November at many organizations (although some plans use the calendar year as the reset date for deductibles, which means January 1 -- a lousy way to wish patients a happy new year and that's slightly over a month away...
Source: Scott's Web Log - October 13, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Eli Lilly and Company insulin analogs Novo Nordisk drug prices GoodRx prescriptions Source Type: blogs

More Games With U.S. Insulin Prices and Coupons (or why GoodRx works)
This week, I did something unplanned: I bought a vial of Lilly's " authorized generic " of its brand-name U-100 insulin analog usually branded as Humalog (insulin lispro rDNA origin) at my neighborhood Walgreens for just $68.38. The reason it was unplanned is because I already met the deductible for my insurance plan, so I hadn't expected to deal with this until it resets in January (maybe, I think my new plan covers it without having met the deductible but we'll see). But I had a script I last filled before I met the deductible, and the pharmacy sent a text telling me it was time to refill. In reality, I have in...
Source: Scott's Web Log - September 23, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Admelog Drug Channels drug prices GoodRx Humalog insulin Lilly lispro prescriptions rebates Sanofi Walgreens Source Type: blogs

Insulin in the Human Body
You're reading Insulin in the Human Body, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. What is insulin? To do the tasks, the body needs energy and sugar can be considered a good source of energy to be obtained from inside. As a matter of fact, sugar cannot be directly reached to most of your cells. Thus, there are cells emitted from the pancreas, which will release the sugar in the human body which is termed as insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is secreted by the pancreas that is responsible for the regulation ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - August 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chandan Singh Tags: health and fitness Source Type: blogs

Human insulin may be a lower-cost option for some people with diabetes
Of the estimated 23 million people in the US who have been diagnosed with diabetes, more than 30% take daily insulin injections to control their blood sugar (glucose) levels. Chances are good that someone you know has been startled by the high cost of this medication. The high price of insulin Prices for this essential medication have been rising faster than overall health care costs. From 2002 to 2013 prices tripled, doubling again from 2012 to 2016 and continuing upward since. Patients can be charged hundreds or even thousands of dollars for insulin at the pharmacy. And insulin costs can vary depending on type and amount...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elizabeth Bashoff, MD Tags: Diabetes Drugs and Supplements Health Source Type: blogs

My Trial With Sanofi's Admelog, The Biosimilar Version of Humalog
A while back Iblogged about the emergence of biosimilar insulin in the U.S., more than a decade after I studied the topic and discovered some troubling reasons none existed. Since then, in spite of top officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advocating for a more robust biosimilars market in the U.S., we have seen fewer rather than more, so that's not working out so well for the Trump Administration's promise to bring drug prices way down so far. In late 2018, Merck quietly pulled the plug on its own Lantus biosimilar which was to be branded as Lusduna Nexvue (see moreHERE for details). Merc...
Source: Scott's Web Log - April 9, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Eli Lilly and Company follow-on insulin analogs 2019 Admelog biosimilars generics Humalog insulin prices Medicare Sanofi Source Type: blogs

A Decade+ Later, Biosimilar Insulin Is Here
More than a decade ago (the article I published on my blog was originally posted on January 8, 2007 although I began research into the subject the preceding summer, see the article athttp://blog.sstrumello.com/2007/01/business-of-diabetes-real-story-behind.html for more background), I asked a number of very legitimate questions (some of which were later answered, others were not), with the most notable one being about why so many other diabetes medicines had " generics " but insulin did not (in spite of the fact that its patents had expired years ago).  Unfortunately, in my research, I discovered the some of...
Source: Scott's Web Log - April 21, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Tags: insulin analogs 2018 biogenerics biosimilars Source Type: blogs

An August Appendectomy
In August, (one month ago today)I had an appendectomy. There was very little drama involved, the doctors office visit led straight to a same day CT scan and an emergency review with the radiologist who informed me the appendix couldn't be seen but the colon was most definitely inflamed and I should go to the ER if it got worse. To the ER I went that night, to a hospital where the D Care is very good (had that going for it). They admitted me under observation, coursing enough pain medications through me to make me sick for the next 14 hours. The plan was to do another CT the next day. In observation, as I was trying not to ...
Source: The D-Log Cabin - September 20, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Authors: HVS Source Type: blogs

Novo Nordisk Settles Qui Tam Suit
Novo Nordisk is in the midst of settling a whistleblower lawsuit that alleges that the company ran a “white-coat marketing scheme” to pump up sales of NovoLog, Victoza, and Levemir. The complaint was recently unsealed as part of the settlement process and alleges that Novo Nordisk partnered up with a clinical education company, Healthstar’s PT, to set up a program – “Changing Life with Diabetes” – which hired and trained certified diabetes educators. The whistleblowers, two former managers, claim that since 2006, Novo ran the program to gain access to physician practices, where th...
Source: Policy and Medicine - May 5, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

The Business of Diabetes: CVS Caremark's Salvo in Biosimilar Insulin for 2017
Its already mid-2016, for nearly the past decade, I've been pushing for so-called " biosimilars " or " follow-on biologics " like insulin to be legalized and then introduced in the U.S. (I first investigated this issue back in 2006, and published anarticle on it in January 2007). The reality is that without any form of generic competition, prices continue to rise with absolutely nothing to stop them. In recent years, there have been some hyper-aggressive price-increases from the insulin oligopoly, especially within the last 3 years or so. The reason: they all KNOW that their insulin analog pat...
Source: Scott's Web Log - August 5, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Biosimilar insulin Lantus Lilly Merck Source Type: blogs

Take This Diabetes and Shove It
An Ad, to Be Placed on Freecycle or the Giveaway Section of CraigslistFree to a Good [or Bad] Home - Type 1 Diabetes (Philadelphia or Anywhere)The beta cells in my pancreas quit working after 8 short years. My immune system attacked them, and instead of going back to doing their f**king job, they decided to just sit and panhandle around the Islets of Langerhans, like that's some kind of vacation for them. I've tried to give diabetes a chance for 25 years, but you know what? I'm done.Surely there is some soul out there who would like to adopt my diabetes and give it a good home. Or maybe you know an unsuspecting Men's Right...
Source: Dorkabetic - May 20, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Authors: Hannah McDonald Source Type: blogs

NovoNordisk NovoLog FlexTouch and Levemir FlexTouch Pen Injectors FDA Cleared
  Novo Nordisk won FDA approval of its new FlexTouch insulin injection pens prefilled with either NovoLog (insulin aspart) or Levemir (insulin detemir). The FlexTouch features variable dose selection for anywhere between 1 and 80 units, while the button remains as easy to push for smaller injections as for larger ones. Each pen holds 300 units of insulin and is compatible with both NovoFine and the newer NovoTwist needles. The new pens will be available in the U.S. next year and in Europe they’ve been approved since 2011. Press release: Novo Nordisk Receives U.S. FDA approval for NovoLog® FlexTouch...
Source: Medgadget - November 4, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Editors Tags: Medicine Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Oh, snap! No Snap for me!
I wore the final Snap body I was given as part of my review to nearly the last drop of insulin. With 2.3 units of insulin left in the penfill, and stranded in Lake Havasu, Arizona, in 117 degree heat (a long story I don’t want to talk about), I threw in the towel and got my tslim back out.The fancy-pants touch screen pump had been placed in “stasis” weeks before to keep it from driving me bonkers alarming all the time. But now, with a potential diabetes emergency looming, I couldn’t get the little f.er to come back out of its induced coma.Yeah. I had a backup flex pen of Humalog with me.And, yeah, I...
Source: LifeAfterDx--The Guardian Chronicles - September 2, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Wil Source Type: blogs

Should I wish upon a star, I would wish for…
I like a lot of things about the Snap. But are there things it needs to be better? Damn straight. It needs:To  be able to talk to the Dex G-4 CGM transmitter.It also needs a meter that talks to it. It would be even better if several different meters talked to it. It needs to accept a Novolog penfill. Humalog is “off formulary” on many health plans. Including mine.It needs download capability to a computer. Not for the pumpers, we never bother, but our educators and doctors like to do it.It needs a brown leather belt case.All things I’m told Asante is working on. Except the brown leather case.I also w...
Source: LifeAfterDx--The Guardian Chronicles - August 16, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Wil Source Type: blogs

I be, you be, we all be IOB… now I need to pee… (sorry, rhymes tend to run amok)
Now back on Day Two of this little project I mentioned that the Snap pump lets you choose how you want it to track insulin on board, called IOB, or sometimes “active insulin.” And I suggested that you should all send thank you cards to Asante for doing this, and promised to talk in more detail about this feature later. So today is later! But before we get into the details, we need to spend a minute making sure everyone understands what IOB is all about. And it’s all about pancakes.More specifically, it’s about stacks of pancakes.Yep, that American gut-busting tradition of piling good things on top o...
Source: LifeAfterDx--The Guardian Chronicles - August 2, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Wil Source Type: blogs

So WTF is a Snap?
The Snap is the new-kid-on-the-block insulin pump. It’s also a whole new kind of insulin pump. Which, I guess, means I’d better review the old kinds of insulin pumps to get everyone on the same page.A traditional insulin pump is the world’s most expensive insulin syringe. It’s a box that holds three days’ worth of insulin and enough computing power to fly three guys to the moon and back half a dozen times. The devices cost thousands ($6-10K) and have a wide range of features that most users never use. That’s the “durable” part. Inside the pump is a short, fat, motor-driven sy...
Source: LifeAfterDx--The Guardian Chronicles - July 16, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Wil Source Type: blogs

D-Blog Week, Day 1: Share & Don't Share
It's D-Blog Week...join your favorite diabetes bloggers as we write about/share/mouth off about different diabetes-related topics all week.  Links and learn more at: Bitter-sweet Diabetes!Monday:  Often our health care team only sees us for about 15 minutes several times a year, and they might not have a sense of what our lives are really like. Today, let’s pretend our medical team is reading our blogs. What do you wish they could see about your and/or your loved one's daily life with diabetes? On the other hand, what do you hope they don't see?1.)  Today, I left my insulin pump at home.  I commu...
Source: Dorkabetic - May 13, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Hannah McDonald Source Type: blogs

Sorry Charlie! Novo's Race with Insulin "Chain E-mail" Sweepstakes Campaign is Spam
I once characterized a @Racewithinsulin Levemir branded tweet as "Sleazy Twitter Spam" (search Google on "race with insulin spam" and you'll find this post). That got a lot of comments from people arguing that the tweet wasn't technically "spam."Today, however, I learned about the new Novo Nordisk Race With Insulin sweepstakes campaign that is truly a spam e-mail campaign. In fact, it is a "chain e-mail spam campaign," which is something I've never seen before.As explained in this PMLive article, "the campaign features a website www.RaceWithinsulin.com hosting a competition...
Source: Pharma Marketing Blog - April 25, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Tags: Charlie Kimball eMarketing Novo Nordisk Spam DTC Advertising diabetes Source Type: blogs

Humalog vs. Novolog.
It wasn't until recently that I started thinking about building up a tolerance to insulin.  Do you build up a chemical familiarity, a resistance of sorts, to a drug after taking it for ... oh, say a few decades? Do PWD eventually become the Dread Pirate Roberts, building up a tolerance to iocane powder?  "I realize this is probably ridiculous, and I'm sure there aren't any studies on this," I said to my doctor the other week.  "But it has prompted me to want to try a different kind of fast acting insulin, to see if I have better results.  Is that something I'm able to do, to have a script...
Source: Six Until Me. - February 27, 2013 Category: Diabetes Tags: Diabetes Products Source Type: blogs

Severed lifeline
[Note to readers: this little miss-adventure happened, was written up, and scheduled before the BIG event I posted about on Monday. In keeping with my New Year’s Resolution to post every Wednesday, I’ve decided to go ahead and let it run, but just know it is out of sequence and happened before the killer low.]I was freezing my ass off. Literally. And my hands. And my nose. And my toes. I could see my breath, cigarette smoke-like, hanging in the frigid air.No, I wasn’t out on some Artic adventure, I was in my frickin’ office. The janitor had unplugged the heater. The outside temp was 1° Fahrenhei...
Source: LifeAfterDx--The Guardian Chronicles - January 30, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Wil Source Type: blogs

The longest yard
OK. Technically, it isn’t a yard. It’s 43 inches. So it’s a yard-and-a-fifth. That sounds more like something you’d order at an Irish drive-thru package liquor store than something that deals with diabetes, doesn’t it?But what I’m talking about this morning is the length of my infusion pump tubing. I prefer sets with long tubes and short 90-degree cannulas. When it comes to cannula length, if you’re lean like me, or athletic and muscular (not like me), then you should use a short cannula—or an angled set. It you are normal, fluffy, or King Size, then you should use the longer...
Source: LifeAfterDx--The Guardian Chronicles - January 16, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Wil Source Type: blogs

The Jury's Still Out on Victoza
Novo Nordisk is well-known in the diabetes community for its insulins, Novolog and Levemir, used to treat mainly type 1 diabetes. But in the last year, Novo launched a new kind of injectable, a "first line of defense for people with type 2 diabete... (Source: Diabetes Mine)
Source: Diabetes Mine - April 7, 2010 Category: Endocrinology Authors: Amy Tenderich Source Type: blogs

Insulin v. Triple oral therapy for DM
Diabetes Care 12/23/09 –   “Insulin is the most effective hypoglycemic agent in our treatment armamentarium and is now recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines as the second agent added after metformin” (FTA). Despite this fact (or because some of us were unaware of this guideline), physicians often prefer to max out that second and third oral medication before turning to insulin. An article in Diabetes Care looks at a comparison between a three drug regimen and insulin + metformin for newly diagnosed DM. The study compared 2 groups of 29 subjects that were newly diagnos...
Source: Consider The Evidence: Med/Peds Journal Roundup - January 3, 2010 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Authors: medblog Tags: diabetes Source Type: blogs

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Hi...new here. I was diagnosed in March, 2005 with diabetes. They started treating me as a type 2 diabetic. I was 39 and losing weight (down to 116#) which was not the typical type 2. After further testing they found I have the antibodies that show beta cell destruction...so I am type 1 (or LADA). I stopped the Glyburide since it was flogging my pancreas to create more insulin with what little ability it had left. Now on MDI of Novolog.It's been close to one year and sometimes feels like an eternity. I started this post to just put my thoughts somewhere about this disease and me. (Source: Sweetsnomo)
Source: Sweetsnomo - February 24, 2006 Category: Diabetes Source Type: blogs

My Worst Fears
I live in mortal fear that I'll screw up one night and take a large dose of Novolog instead of the required long-acting Lantus. (Which would of course mean hypoglycemic coma.) Or one sleepy morning I'll take my dose of Lantus again, by accident, a... (Source: Diabetes Mine)
Source: Diabetes Mine - May 18, 2005 Category: Endocrinology Authors: Amy Tenderich Source Type: blogs