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  •  I think it has to do with (1+ / 0-)
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    special permission to not let patents expire so it can go generic. But the test strips! I don't get it either. I have insurance but the deductible and the co-pays are so high that I often don't treat myself as much I need.

    The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. Mark Twain

    by BlueMississippi on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:14:37 AM PST

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    •  IIRC (1+ / 0-)
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      Insulin is a biologic drug, and that manufacturing process is different than other drugs. Therefore, insulin is not afforded the same privileges as other generics.

      The FDA has yet to put forth a guidance for the approval of generic insulin.

      •  novolin has been around for a very long time - (0+ / 0-)

        and it is inexpensive.  lantus, if i remember correctly, is a one shot a day insulin where novolin requires twice a day and testing.

        the strips and readers for relion are very inexpensive - there is NO reason for testers to be priced like the original calculators that cost $350 or the first cell phones that cost $1500 each (i know, i had one).

        the companies that charge high prices do it because they can.  diabetics don't have a choice NOT to test or buy insulin, so the "supply and demand" issues are moot.  the "captive audience" issue is very much alive!

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