Discounts on Insulin


With insulin prices skyrocketing in the US, it’s become challenging for many to afford the life-saving medicine. Prescription Assistance Programs can help though. These programs are intended to help those under a certain income level who are uninsured or underinsured purchase insulin. If you think you may qualify, check out the following programs from the three largest producers of insulin.

Eli Lilly: Lilly Cares

To receive free insulin from Eli Lilly, you must be a legal resident of the United States and have a household income under the annual income limit. Additionally, you cannot be enrolled in or eligible for a government healthcare plan (such as Medicaid or Veteran’s Administration Benefits).

Sanofi: Patient Assistance Program

Through Sanofi Patient Connection, patients can get free Lantus or the Lantus SoloStar pen. To qualify, you must be a United States citizen, have no insurance coverage or not have access to the medication via their insurance, or have insurance but have large co-pays, and must have an annual household income of less than or equal to 240 percent of the current federal poverty level. Furthermore, you cannot be eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.

Note: If you fill out the forms online for a minor, you will receive an auto deny, because the form is used for Tresiba, which isn’t approved for minors. Instead, calling and they can activate the card in advance.

Novo Nordisk: Diabetes Care

If you are approved for the Patient Assistance Program, you may qualify to receive free diabetes medicine from Novo Nordisk for up to a year.  If approved, a free 120-day supply of medicine will be sent to the doctor who prescribed you the medication, and then you can pick it up. You must be US citizen or legal resident with total household income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty line. Additionally, you cannot have any private prescription coverage or governmental healthcare.

To see if you qualify for a variety of prescription assistance programs, you can search through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

WRITTEN BY Beyond Type 2 Editorial Team, POSTED 12/13/18, UPDATED 12/13/22

This piece was authored collaboratively by the Beyond Type 2 Editorial Team.