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Help with insulin is a phone call away.

If you are struggling to pay for insulin and diabetes medication, ADA can help. We’ve consolidated all the resources you need so that you can find help, fast.

Manufacturers are not reporting that COVID-19 is impacting access to insulin and other supplies:

Leading manufacturers are reporting that COVID-19 is not having an impact on their current manufacturing and distribution capabilities for insulin and other supplies at this time. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates should anything change. If you are struggling to pay for insulin or know someone who is, the ADA has resources to help.

Get Immediate Help From Your Insulin Manufacturer

There are three insulin manufacturers who offer immediate assistance and long-term resources.

This is the fastest way to get help. Be sure to have all of your information ready before you call. Available options are based on your income, insurance, and the type of insulin you need.


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In order to find the right support for you, when you call, you may be asked for the following information:

  • Basic contact information
  • Date of birth
  • Income (note: there are supports for all income levels)
  • If you have an active prescription at a pharmacy
  • Cost of insulin for monthly supply and/or amount of deductible
  • Method of insulin administration (via/pen, pump, syringe, inhaled)
  • Dosage
  • How much insulin you have on-hand
  • Type of insurance (private, commercial, Medicare, Medicaid)
  • Whether you are a U.S. resident (required)

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Find out who your manufacturer is by checking the company logo on your insulin vial or pen, and call using the numbers provided below.

A customer service representative will confirm your eligibility and explain your options.

Updated Benefits

  • Reduced out-of-pocket costs: For people with commercial insurance or the uninsured, the out-of-pocket cost for a monthly prescription of most Lilly insulins at the retail pharmacy should be about $100. If your out-of-pocket cost is higher than $100, call the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center.

  • Lower list price Insulins: Humalog U-100, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Junior KwikPen are available as lower-priced versions (at a 50% discount) and can be ordered through pharmacies within 1-2 business days, if not already available at pharmacies.

  • Immediate supply: If you have an unavoidable need for Lilly insulin, you may qualify for an immediate solution.

  • Lilly Cares Foundation: A separate non-profit organization that provides free Lilly insulin for eligible patients. Learn more about eligibility criteria at www.lillycares.com.

  • My$99Insulin: All patients can purchase up to three vials or two packs of FlexPen®/FlexTouch®/Penfill® pens of any combination of insulins from Novo Nordisk Inc. for $99

  • Follow-on brand insulins: Authorized generics of NovoLog® and NovoLog Mix® made by new Novo Nordisk A/S US company, Novo Nordisk Pharma, Inc., available at pharmacies within 1-3 business days at 50 percent off the list price

  • Immediate Supply: New, immediate, one-time insulin supply option available for people facing an acute need when more time is needed to identify a long-term sustainable solution

Local Resources

Find low (or no) cost options near you.

Want local support? Find a community health clinic or pharmacy in your area that may offer free or low-cost services and medications.

or visit HRSA.gov

More Resources

The following is a list of drug discount programs and databases.

If you have health insurance, be sure to ask if the discount program will interact with your coverage.

Benefits Check Up

Info on programs for limited-income seniors

benefitscheckup.org

Blink Health

Discounted prices for many medications

blinkhealth.com

FamilyWize

Discounted prices for medications, info on assistance programs

familywize.org

GoodRx

Database of current medication prices and discounts

goodrx.com

Inside Rx

Discounted prices for many medications

insiderx.com

Needy Meds

Info on pharmaceutical and healthcare assistance programs

needymeds.org

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Helps people without coverage get medications free or nearly free

pparx.org

Rx Assist

Comprehensive database of pharmaceutical assistance programs

rxassist.org

Rx Hope

Helps people get medications free or for a small co-payment

rxhope.com

SingleCare

Discounted prices for many medications

singlecare.com

Lower-Cost Insulin Formulations

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognizes that affordable access to insulin is a matter of life and death, every day for more than 7.5 million Americans with diabetes.

It is important to note that human insulin is not “lower grade.” Rather, it is cheaper than analog insulins because it has been on the market since the 1980s, whereas newer analog insulins were introduced more recently in the mid-1990s.

Human insulin formulations include long-acting insulins like NPH, which has a duration of 8-12 hours, or regular insulin, which has a much quicker onset, as little as 30 minutes, and shorter duration. In select patients with proper monitoring, human insulin may be an option for those who struggle with affording their medications.

In our white paper, published in Diabetes Care, we acknowledge that prescribing patterns have favored newer, more expensive insulins, and acknowledge that human insulin may be an appropriate alternative to more expensive analog insulins for some people with diabetes. We recommend providers “prescribe the lowest-priced insulin required to effectively and safely achieve treatment goals,” which may include using human insulin in selected patients.

We're here for you.

If you're struggling with the cost of insulin, you're not alone. Be sure to talk to your healthcare team to learn about your options.

Visit diabetes.org to find a wealth of resources for living with diabetes or call 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) to speak with an ADA representative.

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