How to Get Free Insulin and Diabetes Medications

Medications are costly when diabetes is the condition treated. If there isn’t an insurance program helping out the patient, many times the patients will not get the treatment they deserve due to cost issues. These are some of the ways that the uninsured can get their diabetes medications and insulin free.

Free Humalog Kwikpen

Made by Eli Lilly, the Humalog Kwikpen is a fast and convenient way to get insulin to be more portable. Diabetics have issues travelling with insulin due to it needing refrigeration. This takes care of that on a more portable basis. This program gives vouchers (one per patient per year) for a free five pack of 3ml pens. It is available in Humalog KwikPen, Humalog Mix 75/25, and Humalog Mix 50/50. Those that are used to syringes and vials are urged to download the coupon/voucher and try for themselves. Keep in mind that the voucher needs a special ID code, so for printing more than one copy remember to refresh the page so that the ID code changes. The link will go straight to the voucher page.
Free Actos
Takeda Pharmaceuticals puts out Actos, the only medication that is also for people with Type 1 diabetes as well as Type 2 diabetes. The medications that are available under this program are ACTOplus met®, ACTOS®, AMITIZA®, duetact®, and Rozerem™. The patients will have to show need and have a prescription for the medication from their doctor. You can get more information direct from Takeda’s Contact Information.

  • Takeda Patient Assistance Program
  • c/o SDS – PAP – TAK Customer Service
  • PO Box 66552
  • St. Louis, MO 63166
  • 1-(800) 830-9159 (phone)
  • 1-(800) 497-0928 (fax)

Lilly Cares Free Insulin

This program ships out four month’s worth of insulin at a time, and the registration is good for a year at a time. This means only once a year where the patient will have to fill out the paperwork to apply. There are specific income requirements to this program, and the link will go straight to the sign up form. Medications that are available with the Lilly Cares Insulin Program are Glucagon for Injection,Humalog® (insulin lispro injection, [rDNA origin]) , Humalog® Mix50/50™ (50% insulin lispro protamine suspension, 50% insulin lispro injection [rDNA origin]), Humalog® Mix75/25™ (75% insulin lispro protamine suspension, 25% insulin lispro injection [rDNA origin]) , Humulin® 50/50 (50% human insulin isophane suspension, 50% human insulin injection [rDNA origin]) ,Humulin® 70/30 (70% human insulin isophane suspension, 30% human insulin injection [rDNA origin]) , Humulin N® (nph human insulin [rDNA origin] isophane suspension) , and Humulin R® (regular insulin human injection, USP [rDNA Origin]).

Be patient and diligent, reading all the terms of service to the programs. Most of these require a low income and that you not already have insurance or be on a state funded program. The free humalog voucher is a little less stringent in the requirements and most will be able to apply for that one. Insulin and diabetes medications are very costly, thankfully there are those programs out there that can help.

For More Information:

What the A1C Number Means – a look at the A1C test and what it is for.

How to Give a Glucagon Shot – a lifesaving way to help hypoglycemics.

The Consequences of Diabetes – a look at how diabetes affects other areas of life.

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes – a look at the difference between diabetes types.

What is a Good A1C Number – what A1C reading number you should strive for.

Read more at Suite101: Getting Free Diabetes Insulin and Meds: Do You Qualify for No-Cost Diabetic Supplies?