Let me start off by saying I’m a diabetic and I know the pain of living with diabetes. I’m not type 1 but I empathize with the type 1’s.
America’s current approach to battling illnesses and diseases is to “treat” it vs. CURE it. Given the advances in medicine over the past century, I do believe there are cures out there for some of the worst diseases/illnesses out there (HIV, Diabetes, Hepatitis, MLS, etc.) but those cures have been squashed before they ever come to light. IMO, this is a crime against humanity in the name of profit.
If GME hits our $20M floor and the DTCC’a insurance policy of $70T is depleted, then I’d like to find other like minded apes interested in the advancement of humanity’s health and form a private company. We would fund the research with our newfound tendies and recruit the best talent out there to develop a cure for these diseases.
The company would be private and never go public (no need to succumb to negative pressure to generate profits and cannot be shorted). There is always the issue of “red tape” in the approval process. I’ve thought of a way around lobbyists too. The cure developed should seek approval in Europe or Canada where governments care more about their people. Anyone seeking the cure shall fly to said country there for it. With enough publicity, it’ll be impossible to not garner enough public attention for the people in the states to rally behind this hypothetical company.
There’s so many possibilities for us to do good with our tendies post-MOASS. We will go down in history with the MOASS but what we do after the MOASS will define our legacies and our contributions to humanity (sorry for the cheesyness).
Edit 1: I fat fingered the first sentence literally! Corrected it. I AM NOT A DOCTOR.
Seriously, is there any valid reason for this increase in plastic waste!?
Edit: Based on everyone’s comments, it seems disposable pens maybe aren’t as “new” as I thought they were! Looks like there may be significant differences depending on which country you’re in, which makes sense.
And just another point of contention, while I have you here: Is anyone else upset that companies have moved from the leather glasses-style case to the cheapo zip-up case?
Edit1: Holy cowzer this rlly blowed up1 (sorry for english)
Edit2: thanks for the gold, kind stranger
The post in question regarded a student who gave herself an insulin shot in class, and provided a snarky come-back to a classmate who wanted her to leave the room to do this.
Needless to say, battle lines were drawn in the comments section. Some highlights (please note this is just highlights, there's a lot more back and forth on the original post):
> She could have did that in private. Some people like me are very squeamish about needles. Makes me feel faint and triggers panic attacks. I know I'll get down voted for this. (Editor's note: this prediction was quite accurate, sitting at -209 at the moment)
>> I feel like their discomfort is not outweighed by the diabetic’s literal right to stay alive, which is kind of the point of the post lol
>>> smh/...I am not saying that she doesn't have the right to stay alive, but does that mean they should just do it anywhere they want without warning others like me? Panic attacks usually put me in the emergency room. I do feel for people who have to deal with illness, but they should also understand that there are others with conditions or phobias too, and should consider that before whipping out a needle without warning. A warning would have been considerate.
>>>> Well don't you live in a nice little world that's all about you? So special!
>>>>Youre talking about your panic attacks and how maybe being squeamish would trigger that. You realize you're comparing that to type 1 diabetes???
>>>> Your lack of perspective and empathy is really shitty. Shut up, Debra!
>I see both points of view. Needles and injections don’t bother me even if it’s in an unexpected location like a classroom. I used to work with a fellow that had to give himself insulin injections in the bathroom during office hours and I barely even noticed. On the other hand, if Debra or others are disturbed by it then couldn’t that girl go to the bathroom for the shot? I’m pretty sure she will live the additional sixty seconds it takes to walk down the hall.
>> This person is trying to keep from letting their sugar levels from h... keep reading on reddit ➡
It was an especially busy Sunday with covid shots and general craziness when a patient comes in with a script from the hospital for an insulin vial.
We filled it for him, but he became very irate as he expected a stomach medication as well and had no syringes to inject his insulin with. After inspecting his discharge papers, it appears he should have prescribed some omeprazole as well. I will add that the pt is on limited income and is not interested in purchasing syringes otc.
I called the hospital and the following conversation occurs
Me: Hello, I am calling regarding some prescriptions for XXX, he seems to be missing a prescription and needs a prescription for syringes so he can inject his insulin
Hospital: Let me check with the doctor.
(Long hold ensues)
Hospital: The doctor says he needs to see his PCP for those prescriptions.
Me: The discharge record says there are supposed to be prescriptions for those. You want me to tell the patient to see their pcp right after they got discharged? So the doctor does not want to call in a script for syringes? He's the one who prescribed insulin vials for him. The patient can't use insulin without syringes.
Hospital: Yes, he needs to see his PCP. We will not be calling in prescriptions. He's not going to need syringes. He has them at home, it's not the first time he is on insulin.
Me: The discharge papers says he was previously on insulin pens and that the doctor wants him to discontinue it. The pens use pen needles and not syringes. The insurance does not cover the pen version of the insulin they prescribed. Do you want to call in a new prescription for something else? Or call in a script for syringes?
Hospital: Why are you preventing the patient from being able to use their insulin! This is ridiculous! I will have the doctor call you back!
...when I left they still haven't called back yet...sigh...
YSK that Walmart sells vials of regular (human) insulin for $24.88 apiece over the counter (from the pharmacist) without a prescription OTC, and $42.88 for 70/30 pens, under its ReliOn brand.
Most diabetics generally should not substitute it for rapid-acting insulin without a healthcare provider's and pharmacist's guidance. If you take these already, or if you consult a healthcare professional who can guide you through this process, it can be life-saving for uninsured people who cannot afford brand-name or analog insulin, or in an emergency where insulin vials are broken, lost, stolen, etc.
Why YSK: While this isn't a solution to America's insulin pricing crisis, but it can save the life of a diabetic you know.
Disclaimer: this does not constitute medical advice or an endorsement of any particular product. Consult a qualified health professional such as a physician, pharmacist, or advanced practice provider before changing any medications. This information—the fact that the Walmart corporation sells these products are these prices—is offered in good faith for those who take these medicines and struggle to find them at affordable prices.
Edit: I am seeing a lot of posts from people concerned about the dangers of using this insulin. Here are a few points:
For those who are truly insulin dependent, this may be critical information. I've seen many people show up to my ED in DKA or HHS because they could not afford insulin. Many were already prescribed a regular + NPH regimen and did not know walmart sold it cheaper.
If you already take a regular, NPH, or 70/30 insulin regimen, this is the same medication made by Novo Nordisk sold under a different brand name
It is true that regular insulin (short acting) is not interchangeable with rapid acting (like lispro). You should only substitute under the direction of your healthcare provider. Call or secure chat message your doctor's office. Usually they will respond quickly with a message from the doctor or a practice nurse. If it's after their business hours and you need insulin, you NEED INSULIN. Ask the licensed pharmacist at the Walmart pharmacy for guidance on how to take it until your doctor can call you back. That's what they're there for.
Pasted below is an article from the Tulane school of medicine on the onset, peak, and duration times of various insulins. As you can see, regular insuli
Do you take insulin? Have your insurance premiums gone up? Has insulin been in short supply? Has your life/finances changed in anyway?
I've been taking it for years as it has so many benefits (digestion, anxiety, sleep) and our abusive agricultural practices have depleted soil, making many (Americans at least) low on Mg.
So right about the time that insulins were moving to the penfill units, I was working one day when an older lady patient came in to get her insulin filled. She was blind!!! She told me that she had no one to help her draw up her insulin. So I asked her how she got the correct dose. She replied “well, as I am pulling up the insulin into the syringe I simply pray dear Jesus, please help me to get the right dose”.
I just about shit myself!!! I wanted to scream and cry and ask her to come live with wand my wife all at the same time!!!! Well I called the md. Got it switched to pens. Taught her how to use these pens and helped with the prior auth. (Pens were still new so pa). Patient did much better with the pens and I ACTUALLY FELT LIKE I WAS BEING A REAL PHARMACIST and not just a chain pharmacy assembly line worker.
I'm in the UK so the most I'd pay for insulin is the prescription charge £9.35 (roughly $14).
There's no patent on insulin as the inventors have the rights away to save lives.
Quote from random website.
A 2018 study estimated that one vial of human insulin costs $2.28-$3.42 to produce, and one vial of analog insulin costs $3.69-$6.16 to produce. The study revealed that a year's supply of human insulin could cost $48-$71 per patient, and analog insulin could cost $78-$133 per patient per year.
So with that in mind can we set up to manufacture and supply insulin at cost price (maximum) for our American apes who are currently being price gouged to death (very literally) by big pharma?
Sounds like a plan.
Brand name APESULIN or INSULAPE
What am I missing?
So, there are 3 manufacturers of insulin: Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi. Eli Lilly is the only manufacturer in the U.S.. The "modern" insulins we diabetics need to take was researched back in the 1980s and hit the market in the 1990s. When it was first available market price was approx. $25-30 vial. That's doable. In the 2000s the companies just threw all morality to the wind and began increasing the price. Quarter after quarter, year after year. The going rate these days is about $350/vial (and rising). We need several vials per month or we fucking die. Again, this medicine was researched generations ago. But the insulin triopoly, which acts in unison, just decided they want more. So they started extorting us diabetics who have NO choice but to pay up or we die miserably.
Now, remember how I said there was but one insulin manufacturer in the U.S.? Wanna know why? Because Eli Lilly rigs and games the insulin patents so that there is no competition. Merck had a formula for a rival insulin but Eli Lilly has gamed the patents so irrevocably that it's impossible for a competitor to enter the market. This is Soviet levels of corruption. So who could be so vial and greedy and corrupt to head a company that extorts sick people. This guy:
Ladies and gentleman, meet Alex Azar. CEO of Eli Lilly during the 2000s while his company colluded w/ the other 2 insulin manufacturers to steadily raise insulin prices to exorbitant levels. Does his smug face look a little familiar? It should. He was Secretary of Health and Human services in the prior administration. That's right, this evil cocksucker, who became a millionaire profiting off the physical misfortune of others was Secretary of the cabinet level department whose mission is to "enhance the health and well-being of all Americans" for the entire U.S. federal government.
When I get my tendies I'm going to buy a mini-fridge... keep reading on reddit ➡
So, I consider myself to be pretty good at basic math and algebra (which is pretty basic I suppose), but when it comes to calculating the days supplies for things like eye drops and insulin, I almost never remember how to calculate the days supply for them. What was the way you guys got it to stick in your mind?
By the way, I'm not a Tech yet, I'm a pharmacy cashier. I can do stuff like typing up prescriptions/giving them out, aged rx, use the immunization selection tool, and I can sometimes fill if the older tech whose usually on the register doesn't have a crazy. Other stuff, I don't have access to yet, due to my title.
Do you believe that there is a cure for diabetes but big Pharma is hiding it to profit from insulin shots ?