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
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Being on the pump and having Medicare I am told to use the Part B for buying insulin….not part D which was changed in 2017. This has been very costly and the local pharmacies pay high costs to their “middlemen”…….I just purchased Lispro from a special pharmacy and paid the co pay which I ought not to pay for that since I pay for secondary insurance. Why must the Type 1 on insulin pump and on Medicare pay a lot for getting their insulin. How can this burden be removed and go back to billing ParT D.
What can be done to change this unfair way of paying for insulin when one is on a pump?
Your thoughts and ideas would be appreciated. Thank you,