What Does Insulin Cost and What's Behind the Skyrocketing Prices? (2022)

Key Takeaways

  • Insulin prices in the United States have tripled in the past decade.
  • In July 2020, former President Trump signed an executive order aimed at lowering insulin, as well as other drug prices for Americans.
  • On June 16, 2021 the Biden administration published their plan to rescind former President Trump's 2020 rule for various reasons.
  • On November 19, 2021, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better bill which would cap insulin prices at $35 for a 30 day supply beginning in 2023.
  • There are drug-makers that rule the market on insulin—an issue that has driven cost.

Over 37 million Americans have diabetes, a group of conditions where there is too much sugar in the blood.Of those patients, over 7 million require some form of insulin, a medication based on the naturally made hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. One of the biggest concerns for patients and healthcare providers is the rising price of insulin.

In the past decade, the cost of insulin has tripled in the United States, with out-of-pocket costs doubling. One in four patients say that they ration their insulin because they can't afford it.

Stephanie Redmond, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM

Without adoubt, insulin is lifesaving, and just a day or so without it will requirehospitalization and could lead to death for those patients.

— Stephanie Redmond, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM

“If someone has type 1 diabetes or if someone has had damage to their pancreas, these are instances where their body doesn’t produce any insulin,”Stephanie Redmond, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM, founder of Diabetes Doctor, tells Verywell. “Without adoubt, insulin is lifesaving, and just a day or so without it will requirehospitalization and could lead to death for those patients.”

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How Has the Government Impacted Insulin Prices?

On July 24, 2020 former President Donald Trump signed an executive order that included language aimed at lowering insulin and other drug prices for Americans. This order became effective on January 22, 2021.

“As with any legal order, the devil's in the detail,”Robin Feldman, Arthur J. Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of Law San Francisco, tells Verywell. She also noted that we are, "...going to need some systemic changes to try to address the problems that are driving drug prices higher in general, and insulin prices higher specifically.”

On June 16, 2021, under the Biden administration, the Department of Health and Human Services published in the Federal Register their plan to rescind this 2020 rule. They cited various reasons for doing so:

  • It created high administrative costs for impacted health centers.
  • Impacted health centers had difficulty maintaining new rules to determine patient eligibility for receiving medications at lower prices.
  • The new rules led to a decrease in staff available to help with critical and emergency services.
  • Covid-19 added additional stress to these impacted health centers.

On March 1, 2022 in the State of the Union Address, President Biden discussed capping insulin prices at $35 a month. He also mentioned lowering the prices of prescription medication.

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What Factors Impact Treatment Costs for Diabetes?

People with diabetes have over two times the healthcare costs of Americans who don't have this condition. On average, the medical costs related to diabetes can reach over $9,500 per year.

One of the most influential factors driving that difference is the cost of insulin. How much people pay out of pocket for insulin depends on many variables. This includes whether they have insurance, what kind of plan they have, and coverage details such as the plan’s deductible. How much and what types of medication an individual needs can also impact cost.

In her experience as a physician and pharmacist, Redmond says that most patients need about two vials of insulin per month or one to two packs of insulin pens. Each pen pack is equivalent to about one and a half vials. As of March 2022, the price for a vial of insulin ranges from $50 to over $1,000, and a pack of pens ranges from $45 to over $600.

“Prices are too high,” Redmond says. “Not just for insulin but for most diabetes medications. All of it is still insanely expensive.”

A person with diabetes who lives alone could be spending more than half of their annual income on out-of-pocket insulin costs.

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What Is the Cost of Insulin With Insurance?

The American Diabetes Association Insulin Access and Affordability Working Group report found that nearly half of Americans have employer-sponsored health insurance. About 20% are insured through Medicaid, and 14% are insured through Medicare. Approximately 7% of Americans purchase health insurance on their own. About 9% of Americans remain uninsured.

Diabetes is considered a pre-existing condition, which is a condition you have prior to applying for health insurance. According to research, about 1.9 million people with diabetes who didn't have insurance gained coverage after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2010.

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Still, having insurance doesn't mean insulin is affordable. Insured patients will often pay a copay or a percentage, rather than the list price, for their insulin. Redmond says that cost could range from $30 to $50.

In cases of high-deductible health plans, patients have to pay the list price for their insulin until their deductible is met. This could mean thousands of dollars out of pocket. “Many patients just have a problem paying that much,” says Redmond.

How Have Drug Companies Responded to Criticism?

Pharmaceutical companies have responded to criticism about high prices. For example, some companies offer discount cards. However, Redmond explains that doesn't help every patient. “You can’t use them if you have Medicare, and many of them cap at $100-$150,” says Redmond of the discount programs. “So if you have a highdeductible of thousands of dollars, these coupons are not that helpful,because that patient may still be paying $300 out ofpocket for their insulin or more until their deductible is met.”

Some drug companies have assistance programs for individuals with low-income. “These are good options but take a lot of time and a knowledgeable doctor who is willing to take that time and help them with the forms,” says Redmond, adding that many clinics don’t have certified diabetes care and education specialists (CDCES), social workers, or care coordinators who can help.

Many insulin makers created programs in response to COVID-19. As of March 2022, these programs were still in effect:

  • In April 2020, Novo Nordisk began offering a free 90-day supply of insulin to patients who had lost their health insurance during the pandemic.
  • In May 2020, Sanofi began offering a temporary access program to patients experiencing financial hardship who qualify for a 30-day supply of their medication.
  • In April 2020, Eli Lilly launched its Insulin Value Program which offers a $35 copay card for individuals without insurance or for those with commercial insurance.

What This Means For You

You or a loved one might be paying high prices for insulin. Check with your insulin manufacturer to see if you qualify for a patient assistance program. If you aren't eligible for these programs, talk to your healthcare provider or CDCES about other options.

Why Is Insulin More Expensive in America?

Three pharmaceutical companies—Novo Nordisk, Sanofi-Aventis, and Eli Lilly—control the market. “The big three produce 90% of the global insulin supply and close to 100% of the U.S. insulin supply,” says Feldman. “Observers have noticed that the big three tend to mirror each other’s insulin price increases. When one raises prices, the others quickly follow.”

Feldman says the companies have become adept at what’s called evergreening. “Evergreening involves various techniques to extend protection on a drug and block competition that can reduce prices."

Evergreening includes both patent and non-patent rights exclusivities that shut out other drug makers from the insulin marketplace.

Many brand name drugs have a generic that becomes the preferred, cheaper alternative. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has historically treated insulin as a druganda biologic, which have different regulatory pathways.

Medications that are treated as highly similar to a biologic, or a medication made from living things, are calledbiosimilars, not generics. Biosimilars must go through a specific approval pathway.

The original brand name insulins went through the drug pathway rather than the biologic pathway. This meant competitors could not introduce a biosimilar insulin.

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In March 2020, the FDA moved to label insulins as biologics, which opened the door for new biosimilars. However, hurdles remain. Feldman says that the approval process is more complicated for biosimilars than for generics, and the substitution process at the pharmacy is more difficult as well.

Robin Feldman, Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law San Francisco

Insulin is a very old drug. We've known about it for a long time. Patients shouldn’t be paying through the nose for it now a hundred years later.

— Robin Feldman, Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law San Francisco

State laws allow pharmacists to automatically substitute a generic version for drugs, but that automatic substitution is not available for biosimilars unless certain conditions are met.

“It’s a huge impact,” says Feldman. “Because automatic substitution is the way that generic drugs traditionally make inroads in the market and bring prices down.”

The FDA approved a long-acting biosimilar insulin called Semglee in July 2021.However, patients and physicians must specifically request the biosimilar because of the lack of automatic substitution. Feldman says that historically, that doesn’t happen.

Additionally, intermediaries along the insulin supply-chain can drive up costs or keep new drugs from gaining a foothold. “Existing players with large market share can use volume discounts to discourage [pharmacy benefits managers] and health plans fromcovering the new entrant,” says Feldman.

The bottom line is that the three-company monopoly is hurting people with diabetes. “Insulin is a very old drug,” says Feldman. “We've known about it for a long time. Patients shouldn’t be paying through the nose for it now a hundred years later.”

Summary

Insulin prices have gone up significantly over the past decade. However, the government has responded in an attempt to make this medication more accessible.

Treatment costs for those with diabetes are greatly impacted by the price of insulin. This is largely driven by the three major companies that produce it. Insurance plan details can also impact the price an individual pays for their medication.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does insulin cost to make?

    Research notes that one vial of insulin costs around $2 to just over $6 to produce depending on the specific type.

  • How much does insulin cost per month?

    Individuals may use about two vials of insulin or one or two packs of insulin pens per month. Per month, insulin vials range from $50 to over $1,000, and a pack of pens may range from $45 to over $600.

  • What does insulin cost with insurance?

    Cost may vary but a copay may range from $30 to over $50.

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FAQs

Why does the US charge so much for insulin? ›

The high cost can be attributed in part to “evergreening,” a process in which drug companies make incremental improvements to their products that can extend the life of their patents, said Dr. Kevin Riggs, a physician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine.

What's the cost of insulin? ›

Retail Prices of Mixed Insulins
InsulinAverage price per insulin unitAverage price per dispenser or package
Insulin aspart 70/30 FlexPen (3 mL; 100 iU/mL)$0.23$69.59 per pen
Novolog 70/30 vial (10 mL; 100 iU/mL)$0.37$367.69 per vial
Novolog 70/30 FlexPen (3 mL; 100 iU/mL)$0.47$139.63 per pen
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20 Sept 2022

Why is the demand for insulin increasing? ›

The demand for insulin is anticipated to increase due to the surge in incidence of diabetes across the globe. According to a research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes was the ninth leading cause of death, with an estimated 1.5 million deaths due to diabetes reported in 2019.

Who is the largest manufacturer of insulin? ›

The big three insulin manufacturers, Novo Nor disk, Sanofi and Eli Lilly, hold 88.7 percent value share of the global insulin market. They are the only insulin manufacturers with products registered and/or sold in 55 percent of the 121 countries reviewed in this profile.

Who jacked up the price of insulin? ›

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Martin Shkreli
Known forTuring Pharmaceuticals, Retrophin, Daraprim price hike
Criminal statusReleased
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When will insulin be $35? ›

Starting in 2023, the Inflation Reduction Act will cap the cost of insulin for Medicare beneficiaries at $35 per month and will include those who use insulin pumps.

How do people afford insulin on Medicare? ›

If you're medically required to receive insulin via an insulin infusion pump, Medicare Part B covers the cost of the insulin. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount (the amount payable to a doctor or supplier that accepts Medicare) after you meet the Part B deductible.

How do you get insulin if you can't afford it? ›

These include:
  1. Walmart's ReliOn Insulin. Walmart carries over-the-counter insulin for $25 per vial. ...
  2. Community health centers. Community health centers often have sliding scale options that allow you to get affordable insulin. ...
  3. Pharmacy loyalty programs. ...
  4. Your insurance company. ...
  5. A doctor.
16 Apr 2021

When will insulin prices drop? ›

The need for insulin

The average retail price for insulin has risen 54 percent between 2014 and 2019, according to research from prescription drug outlet GoodRx. Prices declined slightly – by 5 percent – in 2020 and 2021, but not enough to make up the difference.

Will there ever be a shortage of insulin? ›

By 2030, 79 million adults with type 2 diabetes are expected to need insulin to manage their condition and if current levels of access remain, only half of them will be able to be able to get an adequate supply, according to a modeling study published Wednesday in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

What country is insulin made in? ›

Table 1
CountryNumber of countries/territories to which insulin exported
Countries where 'big three'* produce insulinDenmark136
France115
USA88
Germany121
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15 Mar 2019

Is any insulin made in the USA? ›

Insulin Manufacturers and Products

There are 3 primary insulin manufacturers in the U.S. market—Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi—that represent over 90 percent of the global insulin market and produce almost 100 percent of the insulin supply in the United States.

Where does most insulin come from? ›

A1) Insulin is a hormone that is made by beta cells in our pancreas. These beta cells manufacture and release the insulin into our blood so that it may circulate and allow glucose to enter and fuel the cell. As such, when insulin enters the cells the remaining supply of glucose in our blood decreases.

Who owns the patent on insulin? ›

When inventor Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives. Banting's co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for a mere $1.

Does China make insulin? ›

In 2018, the market size of human insulin and its analogues in China was estimated to be roughly 20 billion yuan and was expected to continue to grow with an annual compound rate of 4.4 percent until 2030.
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CharacteristicMarket size in billion yuan
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Is insulin free in Canada? ›

Canadians pay approximately $35+ per vial of insulin. The amount of insulin required varies depending on each individual's metabolic needs, blood glucose levels, and the type of insulin administered.

Who makes insulin in the US? ›

The three main insulin manufacturers — Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi — can be blamed for some of this.

Is there generic insulin? ›

What generic insulins are available? Eli Lilly introduced a generic, insulin lispro, in March 2019. It is generic for their brand insulin, Humalog. As of January 2020, Novo Nordisk now also offers a generic, insulin aspart, which is a substitute for their brand insulin, Novolog.

Is there a cap on the cost of insulin? ›

The final version of the Senate bill did leave in a $35 monthly cap on insulin for people 65 and older on Medicare. The bill would also allow the federal government to negotiate lower drug prices on behalf of Medicare, a measure that members of Congress have debated for decades.

When does insulin price cap go into effect? ›

Caps on Insulin costs

Starting in 2023, Medicare will have to cap the cost of insulin so that beneficiaries (people eligible for Medicare) do not pay more than $35 per month, regardless of whether or not they have met their deductible.

What tier is insulin? ›

A large number of plans placed insulin products on Tier 3, the preferred drug tier, with a $47 copayment per prescription during the initial coverage phase; more plans used this combination of tier placement and cost-sharing requirement for coverage of insulin than any other combination in 2019 (Table 3, Table 4).

How many diabetics Cannot afford insulin? ›

One study found that 25% of diabetics have rationed their insulin. Those who survive rationing often endure lifelong damage.

What is the average out-of-pocket cost for insulin? ›

We examine how many enrollees paid more than $420 annually out-of-pocket for an insulin product (which is an average of $35 a month). This analysis represents about 110 million of the 160 million Americans with private insurance. The data we analyzed do not represent all people with private insurance.

What is the average monthly cost of insulin? ›

By 2016, the average price per month rose to $450 - and costs continue to rise, so much so that as many as one in four people with diabetes are now skimping on or skipping lifesaving doses. The list price of insulin has gone from about $20 per vial in 1996, when Humalog entered the market, to about $275 per vial today.

Is diabetes a disability? ›

Specifically, federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, protect qualified individuals with a disability. Since 2009, amendments and regulations for these laws make clear that diabetes is a disability since it substantially limits the function of the endocrine system.

What to do if you run out of insulin? ›

If you're out of insulin and in dire need, go to the emergency room. Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, the emergency room cannot turn you down in a life threatening emergency if you do not have insurance or the ability to pay. Savings programs by insulin makers.

What benefits are diabetics entitled to? ›

Type 2 diabetes can cause severe complications that may make a person eligible for disability benefits. There are two types of benefits: SSDI, which requires a qualifying length of time in work, and SSI, which can support people with disabilities at any age and time in their work career.

Why do so many people have diabetes? ›

Obesity is often seen as the main contributor to an increasing prevalence of diabetes [8–10] but other factors such as ageing, ethnicity, lifestyle (i.e., physical inactivity and energy dense diet), socioeconomic status, education, and urbanization have also been identified as potentially important factors [11–14].

Is insulin covered under Medicare? ›

Medicare will pay 80% of the cost of the insulin and the insulin pump. For more information about durable medical equipment and diabetes supplies, visit Medicare.gov, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.

How many states have capped insulin prices? ›

As of 2022, laws have been enacted to cap insulin out-of-pocket costs (cost-sharing) in 20 states and the District of Columbia. These laws were enacted in 2020 or after (Colorado's law was the first to take effect in January 2020).

What drug is currently in shortage 2022? ›

Current Drug Shortages
Generic NameRevision Date
Acetaminophen SuppositoriesSeptember 23, 2022
Acetylcysteine Oral and Inhalation SolutionSeptember 19, 2022
Acyclovir InjectionMay 31, 2022
Albumin (Human) InjectionSeptember 23, 2022
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What would a diabetic patient do if enough human insulin was not available? ›

If a person is suffering from diabetes, enough insulin is not available to him. In this case, he should take insulin infections and medications as prescribed by the doctor. He should also reduce the intake of carbohydrates and fats in the diet. An exercise is also recommended for a diabetic patient.

What states can you buy insulin over the counter? ›

In the United States, human insulins such as NPH and Regular insulin (and 70/30 mixtures) are available OTC in every state except Indiana.

How did diabetics survive before insulin? ›

Before insulin was discovered in 1921, people with diabetes didn't live for long; there wasn't much doctors could do for them. The most effective treatment was to put patients with diabetes on very strict diets with minimal carbohydrate intake. This could buy patients a few extra years but couldn't save them.

What percentage of diabetics use insulin? ›

Approximately 31% of diabetes patients are treated with insulin (1). Specifically, 15.4% (± 1.4%) use insulin only, and 13.6% (± 11.1%) use insulin plus oral medications (2).

Who invented insulin for diabetes? ›

Insulin was discovered by Sir Frederick G Banting (pictured), Charles H Best and JJR Macleod at the University of Toronto in 1921 and it was later purified by James B Collip.

Why is pig insulin used? ›

This insulin is obtained from pigs and is similar to human insulin. It replaces the insulin that your body would normally make. It is a short-acting insulin. It works by helping blood sugar (glucose) get into cells so your body can use it for energy.

How is insulin made naturally? ›

Insulin is produced by certain cells within the pancreas, a small organ located close to your liver. When blood sugar levels rise after you eat, the pancreas releases insulin into your bloodstream. The insulin then helps the sugar leave your bloodstream and become absorbed by cells all throughout your body.

Does Russia produce insulin? ›

The production and launch of Russian insulin in civilian turnover are also going according to plan, the Russian Health Ministry said. "In this regard, the supply of medications to patients with Type 1 diabetes does not cause alarm.

Why does insulin cost so much? ›

The high cost can be attributed in part to “evergreening,” a process in which drug companies make incremental improvements to their products that can extend the life of their patents, said Dr.

What is insulin made from today? ›

Insulin can be made from the pancreas of pigs or cows. Human versions can be made either by modifying pig versions or recombinant technology.

What is insulin made from now? ›

Synthetic human insulin was the first golden molecule of the biotech industry and the direct result of recombinant DNA technology. Currently, millions of diabetics worldwide use synthetic insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels. Synthetic insulin is made in both bacteria and yeast.

Who sold the insulin patent for $1? ›

Chemist James Collip worked with Banting and Best to purify and refine insulin for clinical trials in humans. On January 23rd, 1923 Banting, Best, and Collip were awarded the American patents for insulin. They sold the patent to the University of Toronto for $1 each.

What is the cost to make insulin? ›

Research notes that one vial of insulin costs around $2 to just over $6 to produce depending on the specific type.

How much does insulin cost in USA? ›

Cost of Insulin by Country 2022
CountryAverage cost (all types - US$ 2018)Short
United States$98.70$87.20
Mexico$16.48$12.21
Japan$14.40$15.54
Turkey$2.64$2.14
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Who is the largest manufacturer of insulin? ›

The big three insulin manufacturers, Novo Nor disk, Sanofi and Eli Lilly, hold 88.7 percent value share of the global insulin market. They are the only insulin manufacturers with products registered and/or sold in 55 percent of the 121 countries reviewed in this profile.

Where is insulin made in the United States? ›

Novo Nordisk's facility in Clayton, North Carolina is the company's only insulin manufacturing facility in the US.

Where does Canada get insulin from? ›

While Connaught produces insulin in Canada, Eli Lilly is granted exclusive rights for production in the United States until 1924. Internationally, firms in the United Kingdom, Australia and Denmark are also granted licenses.

Why is medicine so expensive in the US? ›

In the U.S., drugs with no competitors can be more expensive than in other countries, in part because the U.S. does not directly regulate or negotiate the price of drugs. When generics or biosimilars become available, these lower-cost alternatives can offer less expensive treatment options to patients and payers.

When did insulin get expensive? ›

In the 1920s, insulin's three discoverers sold the patent to the University of Toronto for $1 each, because co-inventor Frederick Banting said insulin “belongs to the world.” But in the last century, the opposite has become true in the U.S., as the price of insulin has risen dramatically: the average price nearly ...

Why is diabetes so expensive? ›

The increase in insulin expenditures may be attributed to several factors: the shift from inexpensive beef and pork insulins to more expensive genetically engineered human insulins and insulin analogs, dramatic price increases for the available insulins, physician prescribing practices, policies that limit payers' ...

How much does it cost to make insulin 2021? ›

“Insulin costs about $10 a vial to make, that's what it costs the — the pharmaceutical company," Biden said, "But drug companies charge families... up to 30 times that amount.”

What country pays the most for prescription drugs? ›

ISSUE: Compared with other high-income countries, the United States spends the most per capita on prescription drugs.

Why is Medicare so expensive? ›

Medicare Part B covers doctor visits, and other outpatient services, such as lab tests and diagnostic screenings. CMS officials gave three reasons for the historically high premium increase: Rising prices to deliver health care to Medicare enrollees and increased use of the health care system.

Who owns the patent on insulin? ›

When inventor Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives. Banting's co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for a mere $1.

Does Medicare cover insulin? ›

Medicare will pay 80% of the cost of the insulin and the insulin pump. For more information about durable medical equipment and diabetes supplies, visit Medicare.gov, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.

Where is insulin manufactured in the United States? ›

Novo Nordisk's facility in Clayton, North Carolina is the company's only insulin manufacturing facility in the US.

Is insulin more expensive than metformin? ›

Conclusion. Metformin is less costly than insulin for treatment of GDM; however, if women treated with metformin experience high failure rates, costs exceed that of insulin. Additionally, increased rates of PTB in the metformin treatment group make it a more costly alternative.

Is insulin free in Canada? ›

Canadians pay approximately $35+ per vial of insulin. The amount of insulin required varies depending on each individual's metabolic needs, blood glucose levels, and the type of insulin administered.

Can you avoid diabetes? ›

Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Prevented? Yes! You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes with proven, achievable lifestyle changes—such as losing a small amount of weight and getting more physically active—even if you're at high risk.

How do people afford insulin on Medicare? ›

If you're medically required to receive insulin via an insulin infusion pump, Medicare Part B covers the cost of the insulin. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount (the amount payable to a doctor or supplier that accepts Medicare) after you meet the Part B deductible.

How do you get insulin if you can't afford it? ›

These include:
  1. Walmart's ReliOn Insulin. Walmart carries over-the-counter insulin for $25 per vial. ...
  2. Community health centers. Community health centers often have sliding scale options that allow you to get affordable insulin. ...
  3. Pharmacy loyalty programs. ...
  4. Your insurance company. ...
  5. A doctor.
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Is insulin difficult to manufacture? ›

Though insulin was discovered nearly 100 years ago, the process of making it is more complex than other medications, which has resulted in little competition and rising consumer prices.

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