Understanding the High Cost of Insulin: What Family Physicians Can Do to Help Our Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Randi Sokol, MD, MPH, MMedEd


Am Fam Physician. 2019;99(7):416-417. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


A 10-mL vial of insulin that cost $40 in 2001 costs nearly $275 today.[1] As a result, one in four of the 7.4 million Americans with diabetes mellitus who are taking insulin report that they cut back on their dosage or stop taking it altogether because they simply cannot afford it.[2] What is causing this, and what can we do to help our patients who need insulin?