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Thu Feb 28 14:33:30 EST 2013

Why after the many years of diabetes, insulin dependent, that there is NO generic insulin? Type 1 - insulin is mandatory, but toooo expensive.
Asked By: rnkfcc  
Category: Insulin
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2013-04-11 13:01:45.0

This is an excellent question and as a pharmacist I totally feel your pain! The truth is that the newer insulins are very good for control and they are made with a complex technology that makes these products very difficult to copy exactly. The great expense to manufacture and copy these insulins are a problem in making generic versions. I can tell you that many if not all insulin companies have excellent patient assistance programs which can be found at their websites. Please call company representatives for additional information. The local ADA and JDRF may also refer you to resources where assistance can be found.
Answered By: susan sloane
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2015-10-24 20:35:50.0

Drug company programs I have seen are only open to people without insurance. However doctors often have a supply of free samples if you ask. Lantus was supposed to be off patent by now. Legal maneuvering makes that unlikely for years. I use to get humalog from Canadian pharmacies online. I can't find any that still carry it. If you are near the border you can bring back a three month supply. This is technically illegal drug importing but customs has been allowing a three month personal supply, you should call them to make sure they still do this. Humalog is available for about $35/ vial. Other Canadian drugs are also as low as 20% the American price. Plus the Canadian dollar is down to the high US$.70. Some credit cards charge no currency conversion charge, others charge 3% +.
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2015-10-24 00:59:40.0

The $25 insulin at Wal-Mart that was referred to in an earlier response is what I use. It's Novolin R and Novolin N, roughly the same as Humulin R and N. I get it at my local Wal-Mart for $24.95 Rx, or $26.xx with tax, off prescription. This is a special arrangement between Wal-Mart and Novo-Nordisk. Novolin is still relatively cheap, but still slightly over $100, at other pharmacies.
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2014-01-18 13:43:43.0

I have some left over apidra to give away if you still need it. I'm trying to replace insulin with exercise as much as I can. I honestly loathe low blood sugar reactions as they destroy my entire day. I'm a type 1 diabetic for 30 years. If you live out of NYC I can send it by mail. For contact: Selma1027@aol.com. Good luck!
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2013-06-13 11:11:54.0

It's a little known fact that you can walk up to the pharmacy at Walmart- without a prescription and ask for insulin. It costs about 25 dollars.
Answered By: janeeg

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2013-06-13 11:11:53.0

It's a little known fact that you can walk up to the pharmacy at Walmart- without a prescription and ask for insulin. It costs about 25 dollars.
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2013-06-13 11:11:52.0

It's a little known fact that you can walk up to the pharmacy at Walmart- without a prescription and ask for insulin. It costs about 25 dollars.
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2013-06-13 11:11:51.0

It's a little known fact that you can walk up to the pharmacy at Walmart- without a prescription and ask for insulin. It costs about 25 dollars.
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2013-04-20 08:16:09.0

You might try asking about Apidra insulin. They were having a free give away. Your doctor may know about it.
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