Generic Name1Brand NamePrice2
One Vial (1,000 units)Five-Pack Pens (1,500 units)
COVERS ALL THROUGH THE DAY
 Intermediate-acting insulin
 NPH insulinHumulin® N$45$135
Novolin® N$45$135
 Long-acting insulin
Insulin detemirLevemir®$95$190
Insulin glargineLantus®$95$190
COVERS MEAL TIMES
 Short-acting insulin
 Regular insulinHumulin® R$45NA
Novolin® R$45$135
 Fast-acting insulin
Insulin aspartNovoLog®$105$200
Insulin glulisineApidra®$95$180
Insulin lisproHumalog®$105$200
COVERS BOTH (all through the day and meal times)
 Premixed NPH/regular insulin
 70% NPH/30% regular insulinHumulin® 70/30$45$135
Novolin® 70/30$45$135
 50% NPH/50% regular insulinHumulin® 50/50$45NA
 Newer premixed insulin
 70% insulin aspart protamine suspension/30% insulin aspartNovoLog® Mix 70/30$105$200
 75% insulin lispro protamine suspension/25% insulin lisproHumalog® Mix75/25$105$200
 50% insulin lispro protamine suspension/50% insulin lisproHumalog® Mix50/50$105$200
1

These drugs were included in the research studies.

2

Average Wholesale Price from Red Book, 2008. Price does not include the cost of needles or syringes.

NA = not available in pens.

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