We all have heard tragic stories of individuals living with diabetes who died because they were unable to access insulin. We also encounter patients rationing insulin due to its high cost, and high deductible. Recently, in PM News, a California podiatrist discussed how hard it is to treat a diabetic foot ulcer when his patient is unable to reach their glycemic target due to financial strain. Not taking life-saving insulin is not an option.
GetInsulin.org is a nonprofit organization that connects individuals living with diabetes in the United States to insulin affordability options, with access to insulin matching their unique circumstances. Users of this service answer questions about their location, insurance type, income, and prescription. GetInsulin.org creates a customized action plan to guide that person to solutions that best serve their unique circumstances. This program is supported by a coalition of partners including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, the Endocrine Society, Feeding America, and more. It is funded by Lilly, Mylan, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi.
Currently, APMA is working with ADA to support legislation to make insulin more affordable. We would like to share this unique resource with our colleagues to help provide patients not only outstanding podiatric care, but also information to share with patients living with diabetes under financial distress. Together, we can help our patients achieve a higher quality of life despite their medical and financial circumstances.
Anastasios Manessis, MD, Endocrinologist in New York
Jean Chen-Vitulli, DPM, Fishkill, New York