Lilly Expands Insulin Affordability Solutions

August 11, 2020

Lilly is committed to helping people who face high out-of-pocket costs for insulin by offering a broad suite of affordable solutions.

This article was provided and sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company.

Lilly is committed to helping people who face high out-of-pocket costs for insulin by offering a broad suite of affordable solutions, which help fill various gaps in the healthcare system. Lilly introduced the Lilly Insulin Value Program, which reduces the monthly out-of-pocket prescription cost for most Lilly insulins to $35 for people with commercial insurance and those with no insurance.

For people with government insurance who can’t use our savings programs, Lilly has introduced two additional non-branded options to help people living with diabetes afford their insulin. Non-branded versions of Humalog® Mix75/25™ KwikPen® (insulin lispro protamine and insulin lispro injectable suspension 100 units/mL) and Humalog® Junior KwikPen® (insulin lispro injection 100 units/mL) are available for order in pharmacies. They are the same as the branded versions, with different packaging and a 50 percent lower list price of $265.20 for a package of five KwikPens.

Lilly also continues to offer Insulin Lispro Injection 100 units/mL (U-100) launched in May 2019, at a 50 percent lower list price. Because these non-branded options are the same insulin as the branded versions, pharmacists can substitute with the non-branded options if they reduce out-of-pocket expenses.

Any pharmacy that does not stock the non-branded options can place an order for them and expect delivery in 1-2 days. These non-branded insulins are distributed by major US wholesalers and are included in the Lilly Insulin Value Program.

Depending on a person’s insurance coverage, the non-branded insulins may not be the lowest-cost option for everyone. These non-branded insulins are now being distributed by major US wholesalers and are also included in the Lilly Insulin Value Program.

Information about these affordability options is available by calling the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center at 833-808-1234, Monday-Friday. Live representatives can help people determine whether a non-branded insulin, the Lilly Insulin Value Program or another of Lilly’s affordability options will provide the lowest out-of-pocket cost for someone. The solution center provides several ways to receive significant savings on Lilly insulin, including point-of-sale savings, information about obtaining Lilly insulin at free clinics, and more.

Terms, conditions, and limitations apply to the co-pay cards. Not available to those patients with government insurance such as Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Part D, TRICARE®/CHAMPUS, Medigap, DoD, or any State Patient or Pharmaceutical Assistance Program.

INDICATION AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR HUMALOG BRAND OF INSULINS AND LILLY’S NON-BRANDED INSULIN LISPRO PRODUCTS

Important Facts About Humalog® (HU-ma-log) and Insulin Lispro Injection

Humalog (100 units/mL and 200 units/mL) and Insulin Lispro Injection (100 units/mL) are indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus. Humalog Mix75/25, Humalog Mix50/50 (insulin lispro protamine and insulin lispro injectable suspension, 100 units/mL) and Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25 (100 units/mL) are indicated to improve glycemic control in patients with diabetes mellitus.

Limitations of Use

The proportions of rapid-acting and intermediate-acting insulins in Humalog Mix75/25, Humalog Mix50/50, and Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25 are fixed and do not allow for basal versus prandial dose adjustments.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR HUMALOG BRAND OF INSULINS AND LILLY INSULIN INJECTABLE PRODUCTS

Contraindications

Humalog, Insulin Lispro Injection, Humalog Mix75/25, Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50 are contraindicated during episodes of hypoglycemia and in patients who are hypersensitive to these insulins or any of their excipients.

Warnings and Precautions

Never share a Humalog, Insulin Lispro Injection, Humalog Mix75/25, Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25, or Humalog Mix50/50 prefilled pen, cartridge, reusable pen compatible with Lilly 3 mL cartridges, or syringe between patients, even if the needle is changed. Patients using vials must never share needles or syringes with another person. Sharing poses a risk for transmission of blood-borne pathogens.

Hyperglycemia or Hypoglycemia with Changes in Insulin Regimen: Changes in insulin strength, manufacturer, type, injection site, or method of administration may affect glycemic control and predispose to hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Any changes in insulin regimen should be made cautiously under close medical supervision and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring should be increased. Due to reports of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, advise patients who have repeatedly injected into areas of lipodystrophy or localized cutaneous amyloidosis to change the injection site to unaffected areas and closely monitor blood glucose. For patients with type 2 diabetes, dosage adjustments of concomitant antidiabetic products may be needed.

Hypoglycemia: Severe hypoglycemia may be life threatening and can cause seizures or death. Hypoglycemia is the most common adverse reaction of Humalog, Insulin Lispro Injection, Humalog Mix75/25, Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50. Monitor blood glucose and increase monitoring frequency with changes to insulin dosage, use with glucose-lowering medications, meal pattern, physical activity; in patients with renal or hepatic impairment; and in patients with hypoglycemia unawareness.

Hypoglycemia Due to Medication Errors: Instruct patients to always check the insulin label before each injection to avoid medication errors. Humalog U-200 should not be transferred from the Humalog KwikPen to a syringe as overdose and severe hypoglycemia can occur.

Hypersensitivity Reactions: Severe, life-threatening, generalized allergy, including anaphylaxis, can occur with Humalog, Insulin Lispro Injection, Humalog Mix75/25, Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50. If hypersensitivity reactions occur, discontinue the use of insulin and treat per standard of care until signs and symptoms resolve.

Hypokalemia: Hypokalemia may be life threatening. Insulins, including Humalog, Insulin Lispro Injection, Humalog Mix75/25, Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50, cause a shift in potassium from the extracellular to intracellular space possibly leading to hypokalemia, which, if untreated, may result in respiratory paralysis, ventricular arrhythmia, and death. Monitor potassium levels in patients at risk for hypokalemia (e.g., patients using potassium-lowering medications or medications sensitive to serum potassium concentrations).

Fluid Retention and Heart Failure with Concomitant Use of PPAR-gamma Agonists:

Thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which are PPAR-gamma agonists, can cause dose-related fluid retention, particularly when used in combination with insulin, including Humalog, Insulin Lispro Injection, Humalog Mix75/25, Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50. This may lead to or exacerbate heart failure. Observe patients for signs and symptoms of heart failure and consider discontinuation or dose reduction of the PPAR-gamma agonist.

Hyperglycemia and Ketoacidosis Due to Insulin Pump Device Malfunction:

Malfunction of the insulin pump device, infusion set, or insulin degradation can rapidly lead to hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis. Patients using subcutaneous insulin infusion pumps must be trained to administer insulin by injection and have alternate insulin therapy available in case of pump failure.

• Adverse Reactions

Adverse reactions associated with Humalog, Insulin Lispro Injection, Humalog Mix75/25, Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50 include hypoglycemia, hypokalemia, allergic reactions, injection-site reactions, lipodystrophy, pruritus, rash, weight gain, and peripheral edema.

• Drug Interactions

Some medications may alter glucose metabolism, insulin requirements, and the risk for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Signs of hypoglycemia may be reduced or absent in patients taking anti-adrenergic drugs. Particularly close monitoring may be required.

Please see provided Humalog Full Prescribing Information, Insulin Lispro Injection Full Prescribing Information, Humalog Mix75/25 Full Prescribing Information, Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25 Full Prescribing Information and Humalog Mix50/50 Full Prescribing Information.

Please see Patient Information and Instructions for Use included with the product.

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