How Insulin Rebates Work

This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1. Republished with permission. By Lala Jackson A major contributor to high insulin list prices that is often misunderstood – because it is designed to be complex and opaque – is the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) and rebate system. Rebates are a percentage of the list price of a […]

CGMs to “Hack” Your Blood Sugar? People with Diabetes Speak Up

It’s becoming more and more common: whether in a coffee shop in Silicon Valley or in a weightlifting gym in Boulder, Colorado, people without diabetes are using continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) to “hack” their blood sugars, lose weight, and hone their diets accordingly. This article will explore the use of CGMs in the non-diabetic population, […]

Has President Biden Just Canceled Affordable Insulin?

President Biden, a long-time champion of both expanded access to healthcare and affordable prescription drugs, just froze a move made by the Trump administration late in his term aimed at reducing the cost of insulin. This has some advocates fearing that Biden essentially “canceled” affordable insulin in his first week in office. So, what’s going […]

$35 Insulin on Medicare Pilot: Is This the Beginning of Affordable Insulin for All?

On Tuesday, President Trump held a press conference announcing a new pilot program for seniors on Medicare that would cap the monthly co-payments of insulin to $35. The announcement was attended by senior executives of two main insulin manufacturers, Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk, and staff from the American Diabetes Association, as well as the […]

Centralized Healthcare: Is It Best for the Patient?

There are many ways that a healthcare system can operate. The type of system that is best suited for a population may be dependent on many factors, including the population size, demographics, and various other economic, political and cultural considerations as well.  Here we discuss some potential approaches to healthcare system organization and major considerations […]

What to Do If You Need Insulin Right Now

This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1. Republished with permission. By Lala Jackson What to Do If You Have No Insulin at All Go to the emergency room. Under US law (The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act), the emergency room cannot turn you down in a life-threatening emergency if you do not […]

Patient Advocate Speaks Out on Eli Lilly’s Lowered Prices

By Madelyn Corwin On April 7, 2020, Eli Lilly announced it would be selling its insulin to select patients for $35/month. This covers the uninsured and people with high deductibles. While myself and the entire diabetes community are happy lives will be saved through this news, we are not going to commend Eli Lilly for […]

World Diabetes Day 2019: The Most Important Issues We Face

Today is World Diabetes Day. What are the most important issues that you face as a person with diabetes? See what the online diabetes community had to say. Source: diabetesdaily.com

The High Cost of Priming Insulin Pens

This content originally appeared on Diabetes Stories. Republished with permission.The cost of insulin has skyrocketed in the past several years. But there’s another costly wastage no one is talking about. And that’s the two units of insulin you shoot into the air to prime your insulin pen. More about this below. Regards the cost of insulin […]

How and Why People With Diabetes Stockpile Supplies

For people with diabetes, an interruption to insulin supply is quickly life-threatening. It’s also seriously problematic to endure a disruption in other diabetes necessities like glucose test strips or CGM (continuous glucose monitor) sensors or insulin pump cartridges. Many people with diabetes strive to have a small stockpile of back-up supplies because what do we do […]