In line with a Biden administration proposal, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is cutting the price of its most commonly prescribed insulins by 70 percent and capping out-of-pocket costs at $35 or less per month.
"While the current healthcare system provides access to insulin for most people with diabetes, it still does not provide affordable insulin for everyone and that needs to change," said CEO David A. Ricks. "The aggressive price cuts we're announcing today should make a real difference for Americans with diabetes. Because these price cuts will take time for the insurance and pharmacy system to implement, we are taking the additional step to immediately cap out-of-pocket costs for patients who use Lilly insulin and are not covered by the recent Medicare Part D cap."
Here is a list of the drugs seeing price cuts, via Eli Lilly:
- Cutting the list price of its non-branded insulin, Insulin Lispro Injection 100 units/mL, to $25 a vial. Effective May 1, 2023, it will be the lowest list-priced mealtime insulin available, and less than the price of a Humalog® vial in 1999.
- Cutting the list price of Humalog® (insulin lispro injection) 100 units/mL1, Lilly's most commonly prescribed insulin, and Humulin® (insulin human) injection 100 units/mL2 by 70%, effective in Q4 2023.
- Launching RezvoglarTM (insulin glargine-aglr) injection, a basal insulin that is biosimilar to, and interchangeable with, Lantus® (insulin glargine) injection, for $92 per five pack of KwikPens®, a 78% discount to Lantus, effective April 1, 2023.
"We are driving for change in repricing older insulins, but we know that 7 out of 10 Americans don't use Lilly insulin," said Ricks. We are calling on policymakers, employers and others to join us in making insulin more affordable."
The company said it will launch a nationwide awareness campaign in the coming weeks to spread the word about its new lower costs.
Activists have long called for more affordable insulin, which even with insurance can place a financial burden on those in need. The American Diabetes Association has found that there are approximately $15 billion in excess costs for insulin in 2017.