I actually paid full price at Pharmacy this year for insulin because my new Primary Care facility entered me in their E-System as a type 2 diabetic. When I got plan back in Dec I got a refund for the difference :) I still prefer paying money than being no longer alive.
It turns out that the Generic forms now available since drug patent expired are made only in India and are more expensive than the brand names are elsewhere(not including shipping).
Of course it didn’t help that NY canceled my health plan mid month after I’d already paid my dues in full.
My Lantus & Humalog were same cost last year in my college city but in NY Humalog is 2 * as expensive. After switching to pens I got 1.5 times my 10ml bottle with 5x (300ml) per pre-filled Humalog Pen. still’d be > $600/mo. Healthcare companies are now making a killing because everyone is forced to buy in. Imagine the kickbacks Obama is now getting.
Now the money hungry drug companies are selling tons of drugs using the “This drug has been shown to be good for an unrelated disease/disorder.” technique to sell more drugs to anyone for anything…
There is a state drug cost guideline in NY but many pharmacies that aren’t the big ones like CVS Walgreens have cheaper prices because they don’t have to feed the Large Monopoly Machine that owns the chain.