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Human insulin may be a lower-cost option for some people with diabetes

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Published: June 03, 2019

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Anant Singh
June 25, 2019

The growth of the insulin market in Asia-Pacific, more specifically in China, has been rapid. In case of analog insulin, the market worth of it was quite high in 2013, according to a report by Grand View Research. But with this study’s findings, and the cost of insulin not feasible for many people, it seems that human insulin would be the option for some patients, but again, that would depend on compatibility.

James Miles
June 13, 2019

It is Very useful.

Howard Lee Myerhoff
June 12, 2019

I have type 1 diabetes-for 60 years.
I obtain my insulin through Kaiser and my copay has increased dramatically.
I use humalog and Lente.
How can I signal to Kaiser that I’d like to try human insulin???
Would that be a reasonable request for type 1 diabetic??

Mae Suber
June 11, 2019

How does Harvard or any other medical entity expect the average joe to pay $1,000 a week for Trilicity?, $591.00 for 5 flex pens for toujeo, and 461.00 for novolof? I am tired of those stupid comericials with this dumb man twisting his backsides all happy after taking the so-called wonder drug Toujeo?

S. Cowdrey
June 10, 2019

I would like to know why the cost has increased so significantly, too. I don’t use insulin, but triple, double, and continuing seems very peculiar.

iam he
June 10, 2019

The price you pay is based on American Style Capitalism, greed is good, more greed is better, and this is “justified” by the American Style Capitalist principle..WHAT EVER THE MARKET WILL PAY……

The actual costs of making this stuff is pennies……..

But you really need it……. and will pay how much for it?..

That is American Style Capitalism in our Health Care, in our Medicines…

It does not work this way in other countries….

B.Pengelly
June 10, 2019

Can someone explain to me why my insulin costs are so high? Someone NOT employed by drug companies, please

These costs are unconscionable. I’ve visited many drug company campuses…Gorgeous buildings…huge grounds with nothing built on them…please don’t tell me they can’t cut costs. Those of you reading this who ignore these facts are living in Wonderland.

Laurie MOSE
June 10, 2019

Supply and demand…. More people need it to live so the pharma companies can raise the price as what is the option…. Its like when you want to go to Florida in the spring Where else are you going to go so the prices of the air raise to astronomical rates. Wanna live = Pay the price
Less quality of life = dont. The pharma companies dont care one way or another as long as they are getting bank. Just sayin.

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