Review of TempraMed VIVI Cap 1: Reusable Insulin Cooler Cap

The TempraMed VIVI Cap 1 is a reusable insulin cap cooler that promises to keep your insulin safe in extreme weather – protecting it from both hot and cold. Your insulin won’t overheat, and it won’t freeze. This is a great tool for the hot summer months or the dead of the winter. Wouldn’t you […]

Insulin at 100, Part 3: Insulin’s Uncertain Future

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. This is Part 3 of James S. Hirsch’s exploration of the riveting history of insulin, on the occasion of its 100th birthday. Part 1: The Discovery Part 2: Failed Promises, Bold Breakthroughs Insulin’s Uncertain Future Image source: Emily Ye, Diabetes Daily As further refinements in insulin […]

Insulin at 100, Part 2: Failed Promises, Bold Breakthroughs

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By James S. Hirsch Image source: diaTribe The discovery of insulin in 1921 was heralded as the cure for diabetes. The reality was different. Insulin, to be sure, could temporarily lower blood sugars to near-normal ranges, but it could also cause hypoglycemia – blood sugars that […]

How to Explain Insulin Price Insanity in Just One Image. Or Several Images.

Insulin prices in the United States are insane. This isn’t exactly news—if you have insulin-treated diabetes, you surely already know it. And even those without a connection to diabetes should recognize that insulin affordability is one of the most talked-about healthcare topics in politics. It’s also the rare issue that finds widespread agreement across the […]

Why #insulin4all Advocates Targeted Beyond Type 1

Beyond Type 1, the diabetes nonprofit, found itself in hot water recently after the organization sent a letter stating its apparent opposition to LD673, a proposed bill for an insulin safety net program in Maine. The Maine bill is modeled after Minnesota’s popular Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, and guarantees that people with diabetes can […]

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 […]

Can You Manage Diabetes Well Without Lots of Money?

If you live in a country like the United States, where the majority of health insurance is privatized and there is no strong social safety net, it can feel as though managing a chronic disease like diabetes requires nothing but lots of money. And it does. As of 2017, diabetes cost the United States a […]

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 […]

How Do We Afford Our Insulin During an Economic Crisis?

COVID-19 has caused widespread panic across the globe, and that has quickly become apparent given the recent bear stock market, which hasn’t been seen since the Great Recession over a decade ago. You may have seen your IRAs and 401ks plummet in recent weeks because investors are scared. Some economists are predicting that the United […]

Insulin Co-Payment Cap Bills

America has a unique problem: prescription drug prices are too expensive for many people. In 2018 alone, 1 in 5 Americans (or 37 million non-elderly adults) went without a prescription drug due to cost. One of the most egregious examples of the high cost of prescription drugs is the rising cost of insulin in the […]