From Pharmacy Drug Guide
Lantus® patient assistance programs can allow patients to save money on their Lantus® medication. Sanofi, the drug's manufacturer, offers a traditional patient assistance program that provides free Lantus® for up to a year for qualified patients. The drug is given in 3-month supplies. In addition, Lantus® sometimes offers additional savings on prescription costs in the form of coupons, which may be available on the medication's official website.
Lantus® brand insulin is a diabetes medication taken once daily to lower glucose levels in the blood. Lantus® is administered via injection, and can be used with a vial and syringe or with the Lantus® SoloSTAR pen.
|Brand name for||Insulin glargine|
|Eligibility||Must not have prescription drug coverage, must live in the U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico, and must meet annual income requirements as presented by the current Federal Poverty Level|
|Benefits||Free Lantus® vial or SoloStar pen|
|Disclaimer||The information provided by Pharmacy Drug Guide 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.|
Lantus Patient Assistance Programs
Sanofi offers qualified patients free Lantus® medication for up to a year through its Sanofi Patient Connection Program. To apply for the program, patients and their physician must fill out an application, which can be downloaded from the official Sanofi website, or requested by calling 800-221-4025. Once approved, patients can use this same phone number to order refills through the program's automated service.
Eligibility for the program is determined by the following criteria:
- Patients must live in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico
- Patients cannot have prescription drug coverage, although Medicare Part D patients may be accepted
- Patients must earn an annual income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.
Patients may also access coupons directly from the official Lantus® website. The brand offers the Lantus® Savings Card, which allows patients to receive up to six Lantus® SoloStar Pen prescriptions for as low as $25 per prescription. Patients may print the card from home, and physicians may also distribute cards to patients. who must then register the cards online. Eligibility requirements apply.
Food and Your Blood Sugar -- Lantus and Novolog
Lantus® is the brand name for insulin glargine, a diabetes medication that lowers the levels of glucose in a person's blood. Lantus® is used to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults and children. Patients who use Lantus® are required to test their blood sugar levels at regular intervals. The most common adverse reaction to Lantus®, as with other insulin medications, is low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is characterized by blurry vision, rapid heart rate, shakiness and excessive perspiration.
Lantus® is categorized as a long-acting insulin, and is indicated for adults and children older than six years. The manufacturer states that Lantus® must be used once per day at the same time of day for maximum effectiveness. They also warn that Lantus® should not be used to treat diabetic ketoacidisis.
The manufacturer states that patients who are taking any other types of drugs or supplements should discuss them with their physicians, as they may affect the way insulin injections work. Lantus may not be right for patients with existing medical conditions such as kidney or liver disease.