The cost of insulin the United States has motivated one in four diabetes patients to skimp on insulin dosages to stretch the drug's longevity and accommodate their budgets, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
It was supposed to be a routine six-month checkup after a mastectomy for breast cancer. When the nurse came back with blood work results, she looked worried. Mary Wimer’s cancer hadn't came back, but her diabetes had been discovered.
My patient, Jeanne (not her real name) was almost embarrassed to mention that her insulin cost $300 for a single vial that lasts about five days. That’s more than $21,000 a year. Did I have any ideas that might help?