From Pharmacy Drug Guide
Insulin coupons can help lower the cost of ongoing treatment for diabetes or other conditions that require the management of blood sugar. Insulin therapy is often a critical component of an overall diabetes treatment program, and is prescribed for both type 1 and type 2 . Insulin is typically injected, and does not cure diabetes but can help to manage the symptoms.
Patients may be able to use coupons, patient assistance programs or other health discount plans to help defray the cost of treatment. Coupons are typically good for specific brands of insulin, while patient assistance programs can offer free brand-name or generic versions.
|Uses||Regulates sugar or glucose in the body|
|Types||Short-acting, intermediate-acting, long-acting and biphasic|
|Types of coupons||Patient assistance programs, drug savings cards, coupons|
|Disclaimer||The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.|
Insulin Patient Assistance Programs and Coupons
Insulin discounts and savings options vary by the type and brand of insulin prescribed. Some common insulin brands include Humalog, Novolog®, Apidra®, Levemir®, Novolin® and Velosulin®.
- Novo Nordisk®- Patients may be able to save up to $50 on Novo Nordisk® insulin through the Cornerstones4Care program. Interested patients can access the application through the Cornerstones4Care website, and click on the link that reads Click here to save money. This will open a questionnaire requesting name and contact information, as well as some information about diabetes medication needs.
- Apidra®- Apidra® used offer the ACCESS Savings program, but is transitioning to a new program to be revealed soon. In the old program, Apidra® Coordinated Care Education and Support Services allowed patients to get their first Apidra® prescription for $4, and then pay $20 for refills. The program also provided counseling for diabetes patients.
- Lilly Cares- Eli Lilly's Lilly Cares patient assistance program covers a variety of Humalog® insulin products. Qualified patients can get their insulin for free, and the company will ship it to the patient's doctors office for pickup.
- Lantus®- There is a Lantus patient assistance program offered by manufacturer Sanofi that is open to uninsured patients who earn no more than 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
- Patients who sign up for the Lantus® Connection online support service, which is free, will get a complimentary gift from the company.
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance- Many manufacturers of insulin belong to the PPA program, which helps qualified individuals receive free or reduced-price medications by matching them with patient assistance programs that cover drugs like insulin. This program is generally for those with lower incomes.
Glucose, Insulin, and Diabetes
Insulin is a substance naturally found in the body. It helps to regulate sugar in the blood and keep it within a normal range. After eating, additional insulin is created by the body to help the sugars from carbohydrates enter the body's tissue as an food source. Insulin also helps store excess glucose in the body for later use between meals. For some, insulin does not function properly.
Individuals with type 1 diabetes do not have enough insulin secreted by their pancreas. Individuals who have type 2 diabetes do not respond correctly to insulin. For both conditions, extra insulin is often needed to help supplement their body's deficiencies. Without insulin therapy, some may have problems with nerve damage, blindness or kidney damage.
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