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Novo Nordisk latest pharmaceutical company to cut price of insulin

by The Grio

Two weeks after Eli Lilly’s move to cap insulin prices at $35, another second company has entered the chat.

On Tuesday, Novo Nordisk announced that effective Jan.1, 2024, it will be lowering U.S. list prices of several different insulin products by up to 75%.

According to a release, the products included in the price cuts are both prefilled pens and vials of basal (long-acting), bolus (short-acting) and pre-mix insulins, specifically Levemir, Novolin, NovoLog and NovoLog Mix 70/30. This will also include reducing the price of what’s known as unbranded biologics. 

Steve Albers, Novo Nordisk’s senior vice president of market access and public affairs, said in the release that the company has been working to develop a sustainable path forward “that balances patient affordability, market dynamics, and evolving policy changes.” 

Added, “Novo Nordisk remains committed to ensuring patients living with diabetes can afford our insulins, a responsibility we take seriously.”

Novo Nordisk is the second pharmaceutical company to date to dramatically slash prices since the Affordable Insulin Now Act, which caps insulin prices on medicare at $35 a month, was passed last year. Two weeks ago, Eli Lilly created buzz when the company announced its decision to cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month out-of-pocket for customers. At the time, Eli Lilly CEO David Ricks said the company was slashing prices before any future legislation required it and to potentially inspire others to follow suit.

“Why wait? We’re at our own expense and effort providing a cap on Eli Lilly insulin. That’s what we can do, and then calling on partners across the system to step up, as I said, and do more,” he said.

Both Eli Lilly’s and Novo Nordisk’s decisions this month will have a significant impact on the quality of life for many Americans, but especially Black Americans. Approximately 37 million…

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