Lilly’s generic form of Humalog now gets even cheaper

Here’s the news straight from the press release

Lilly’s Insulin Lispro Injection (the generic for Humalog), 100 units/mL — first introduced at half the list price of branded Humalog® (insulin lispro injection, 100 units/mL) in 2019 — will now have a 70 percent lower list price than Humalog U-100 starting January 1, 2022.

Insulin Lispro injection can be ordered through all U.S. retail pharmacies. People using any Lilly insulin – including Insulin Lispro Injection – can fill their monthly prescription for $35 through the Lilly Insulin Value Program for people with commercial insurance, or who are uninsured, and the Senior Savings Model for seniors in participating Medicare Part D plans.

Pharmacists can substitute Insulin Lispro Injection U-100 for Humalog U-100 without a new prescription because they are the same insulin. Any retail pharmacy that does not stock Insulin Lispro Injection can obtain it from a wholesaler in 1-2 days.

You can find more particulars on the press release. Personally, I haven’t yet calculated what this means to me. I do use Humalog, and because I don’t use a lot of insulin, I withdraw my dose from Humalog pen cartridges. I scrubbed vials for pens when I was throwing 2/3rds of the vial away after a month. And, when I get a script from my endo for the cartridges, I end up getting more cartridges than the 3 vials I would otherwise get, so for me, it lasts a lot longer.

All I know, is on the surface this seems encouraging that pharmaceutical companies are maybe

Three diabetes books you should know

Yes, that’s my drawing above and below are three diabetes books you should look into. Since yesterday was my birthday. I decided to give you a gift – to remind you that there are 3 great diabetes books you may want to read. And yes, they are mine.

During my time working in diabetes, over these past almost 20 years, I have written three books in addition to hundreds of articles and this blog.

Each book has a different focus and together they make a rich library for managing diabetes. In a nutshell:

The ABCs of Loving Yourself With Diabetes

26 illustrated inspirational essays to make you stronger and more resilient managing the emotional luggage of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Don’t blame me for the price, Amazon sets it. Buy it used. You’ll love the shot in the arm and the images.

Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s

Go ahead and look inside and see if you don’t find action steps you want to try right now. The book is recommended actions for managing food, exercise, medicine and attitude. Think of it as a coach with Haidee Merritt’s wonderful cartoons.

50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It

You have to love a publishing house that would let you put an ice cream cone on the cover of a book for diabetes. This book is part of Perseus publishing’s diabetes library. A beautiful comprehensive understanding of diabetes told through the fun of myths and truths. I remember I finished writing it a month before my deadline and was ecstatic. You won’t be disappointed. And the material is classic.

So, I’ll say it again, while it may not be your birthday, give yourself a gift of information, education and support, especially if you feel your management could use a jumpstart or just a little hand-holding. It would be a gift to me to be able to hold your hand through my books.