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Diabetics don’t have much of a choice when it comes to taking their insulin, and the costs can be very high, so a Lantus coupon can be invaluable. Paired with diabetic supplies like syringes and blood glucose testing equipment, diabetes is an expensive disease. But with a little bit of information and some resourcefulness, you may be able to save on your monthly prescriptions.
Lantus is a long-acting insulin made by Sanofi-Aventis and prescribed to both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. Diabetics are unable to naturally produce or use insulin like most people, so they take injections of synthetic insulin to help regulate their blood sugar.
At this time, there is no generic form of Lantus available. However, that may soon change. The patents protecting Lantus from cheaper generic alternatives expired in February 2015, so less expensive forms of the drug may be coming.
When this happens, opting for generic will likely be the best way to save on Lantus, and because of FDA requirements, you don’t have to worry about the generic version being less effective or less safe. Although some people avoid buying generics because they are afraid they won’t work as well as the name brands, those fears are largely unfounded.
Lantus coupons from the manufacturer
One carton of Lantus can cost close to $400 without insurance, according to GoodRx.com, though Lantus may very well be part of your insurance formulary.
Currently, the maker of the drug offers a Lantus Savings Card. According to its website, the card can reduce your prescription cost to no more than $25. However, it also says there is a maximum benefit of $100 off each prescription for the duration of the program.
Other ways to save on Lantus
There are other ways to save on Lantus. Some websites, like GoodRx.com and HelpRX.info, offer free printable coupons when you sign up for an account.
Coupons and discount cards aren’t the only way to save. Pharmacies vary in price considerably. You could find savings of $10 or more by just calling around to the drugstores in your neighborhood. Also, look at reputable online pharmacies for competitive prices. This guide will help you get started.
Elizabeth Renter is a staff writer covering health and personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethRenter and on Google+.
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