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Is there a shortage of insulin in the US?

Eli Lilly says it’s heard the reports that some patients can’t get their insulin but insists its supply pipeline is full. Pharmacies that have shortages should be able to get it in a couple of days from wholesalers it insists.

Do we get insulin from China?

There is overlap between companies and countries where insulin is produced; for example, Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk both produce insulin in the USA and France as well as between these two companies and manufacturers of biosimilar insulin in Russia and China.

What is the average cost of insulin in the United States?

As outrage over rising drug prices continues to mount, prices for insulin have seen a small decline. From 2014 to 2019, the average cash price for insulins climbed substantially — the average price per insulin unit rose 47%, from $0.23 to $0.34. However, just over the last year, it’s dropped nearly 6%, to about $0.32.

Why are there no generic insulins?

So why aren’t there more copycat insulins? By and large, it’s more complicated and expensive to copy and reproduce a biologic than to duplicate simpler medications like Advil for example, which has smaller molecules. This has discouraged competitors of the major insulin manufacturers from entering the market.

How many vials of insulin do I need a month?

Today, vials of analog insulins, including Humalog, sell for about $300 . Patients with Type 1 diabetes typically require two or three vials of insulin per month, but patients who are more resistant to insulin, such as those with Type 2 diabetes, may require six or more.

Are insulin vials cheaper than pens?

Pens typically cost more up front than syringes and vials. But when it comes to total healthcare costs, choosing pens over syringes may save you money in the long run. Compared to syringes and vials, one study found that pens were associated with significantly lower total direct healthcare charges.