Amazon Pharmacy announced on Tuesday that it is introducing automatic coupons that will instantly provide savings on over 15 insulin products and other diabetes care supplies. Covered items will include insulin vials, insulin pens, pumps, and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) from manufacturers such as Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly, Sanofi, Dexcom, and Insulet.
According to Amazon, shoppers will no longer have to search for and manually enter coupons to lower their costs. For eligible customers, many insulin brands will be available at as low as $35 a month. “Whether eligible customers are insured, underinsured, or uninsured, they’ll be able to easily view the price of each product directly on Amazon and never have to worry about missing potential savings,” the company noted in a press release.
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Roughly 85% of manufacturer coupons go unused, according to the 2020 Prescription Drug Coupon Study. And a report released last month from Senators Elizabeth Warren, Raphael Warnock, and Richard Blumenthal indicated that despite lowered list prices on certain types of insulin, some patients are still being quoted the original prices at pharmacies or not being told about less-expensive options.
“Access to affordable diabetes medications and technology can help people living with diabetes stay healthy and avoid complications. Sadly, some of the more than 37 million Americans living with diabetes can’t afford the treatments they need to survive,” said Charles D. “Chuck” Henderson, chief executive officer of the American Diabetes Association. “We applaud Amazon Pharmacy for innovating on behalf of patients and taking the important action to help ensure people living with diabetes can easily access the treatments they need through a transparent purchase process that automatically applies any eligible discounts.”
For more information about the discounts, read the press release from Amazon or the article “Amazon Pharmacy Automates Discounts to Help Insulin Patients Get Pledged Prices.”
Want to learn more about saving on your diabetes care? Read “Save Money on Medicines,” “How Your Healthcare Team Can Help You Save on Medications” and “Do’s and Don’t’s for Saving Money With Diabetes.”