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Old 05-02-2009, 01:57 AM
 
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I have been looking for an alternative to Novolog and Levemir b/c they are just too expensive. My doctor's office called around for me and found Wal-Mart. Their pharmacy sells Novilin-N and R for 1/4 of what my pharmacy charges for my "newer" insulins. I am switching ASAP. You can't just switch over but have your doctor tell you how to convert to a different insulin. But it's a HUGE savings to me.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:40 AM
 
Location: In the real world!
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I think doctors are taught (for sure encouraged) to prescribe the newest and most expensive drugs. Wal Mart seems to be out to HELP people with cheaper drugs so thay can afford what they need.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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I'm wary of anything Walmart does to 'help'.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:16 PM
 
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Insulin was $10 a bottle in 1957. Now it's $110!
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:16 PM
 
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I'm leary of generic drugs or any drug that might be manufactured in China.

A local dermagologist has been seeing an increase of very rare skin diseases over the past year.

The only thing her patients have in common is they all take generic drugs.

But if it was the only way I could afford life sustaining medication, I'd buy it.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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Default Humulin 70/30 $25 per vial at Walmart.

re: Humulin 70/30

I was recently hospitalized with a diabetic event.

When I left the hospital the doctor prescribed two kinds of insulin, one fast acting for daytime, one slow acting for overnight.

Before going to Walmart to pick up the prescriptions I talked to a diabetic counsuler who ha just heard of Humulin 70/30.

Humulin 70/30 is $25 at Walmart and does not require a prescription.

My doctor called in a prescription for me.

When I got to walmart they pulled out the 'old' prescription and asked for $844.

I said no thanks, I'm waiting on a 'new' prescription(at $25 ).

Check with you doctor to see if the Humulin 70/30 will work for you.

P.S. At Wallgreen the Humulin 70/30 is $77.98 per vile. More than three times the price for the same thing!
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:50 PM
 
Location: gazing @ the Blue Ridge Mountains
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re: Humulin 70/30

I was recently hospitalized with a diabetic event.

When I left the hospital the doctor prescribed two kinds of insulin, one fast acting for daytime, one slow acting for overnight.

Before going to Walmart to pick up the prescriptions I talked to a diabetic counsuler who ha just heard of Humulin 70/30.

Humulin 70/30 is $25 at Walmart and does not require a prescription.

My doctor called in a prescription for me.

When I got to walmart they pulled out the 'old' prescription and asked for $844.

I said no thanks, I'm waiting on a 'new' prescription(at $25 ).

Check with you doctor to see if the Humulin 70/30 will work for you.

P.S. At Wallgreen the Humulin 70/30 is $77.98 per vile. More than three times the price for the same thing!

No prescription is required for insulin at Walmart. I buy it for my diabetic dog
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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I think doctors are taught (for sure encouraged) to prescribe the newest and most expensive drugs. Wal Mart seems to be out to HELP people with cheaper drugs so thay can afford what they need.
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I'm wary of anything Walmart does to 'help'.
I agree. They did this when public opinion was so incredibly low that they had to do something to improve their image.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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Anything Wal mart does is suspect.

I haven't set foot in one of their disgusting holes for years now.

Somehow the two words "cheap" and "Insulin" together when it comes to describing what Walmart does seems sadly apropos.

" Inexpensive " would be a word to describe the price of discounted insulin at other less offensive big box retailers.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:17 AM
 
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I wrote the OP over 3 yrs ago and I no longer need insulin (had gastric bypass, dropped 115 lbs). I don't know what their prices are now but they sold the same brand name stuff as my regular pharmacy.
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