PharmacyChecker experts answer consumer questions related to affording lower-cost, prescription medications.
We help people afford the medication they need by verifying online pharmacies and comparing their prices. Drug prices are out of control. Americans face the highest medication prices in the world. That's why millions of Americans choose to buy medication from other countries.
Our Panel of Experts
Tod Cooperman, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Dr. Tod Cooperman is a noted researcher, writer, and speaker on consumer healthcare issues.
Gabriel Levitt, MA
President and Co-Founder
Mr. Levitt oversees all business operations, development and research. He is a public advocate for prescription drug affordability.
Shivam Patel, PharmD, BSPS, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Verification and Information
Dr. Patel provides expert knowledge regarding safe pharmacy practice, quality assurance, drug safety, and patient access to affordable medication.
The information provided on Ask PharmacyChecker is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, nor is it an endorsement of any product or service.
If you are considering purchasing medication from outside the U.S., be aware that, in most circumstances, it is technically not legal for individuals to import prescription drugs; however, U.S. government officials have stated that individuals who order non-controlled prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign sources (up to a three-month supply) for their own use are not being pursued or prosecuted.
How can Americans cut costs on diabetes medication?
Diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar, or glucose, levels are too high. Increased glucose in the blood can lead to serious problems, such as damage to nerves, eyes, kidneys, or the heart. Insulin is a natural hormone. When all is working normally, your pancreas releases insulin to help your body store and use the glucose and fat from the food you eat. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas produces very little or does not make any insulin. Type 2 diabetes, which is most common, is when the body is not able to make or use insulin appropriately.
Order Diabetes Medication from Verified Online Pharmacies
Commonly used diabetes medications include metformin, glyburide, glipizide, glimepiride, repaglinide, nateglinide, pioglitazone, sitagliptin, Invokana, etc. If there are generics available at your local pharmacy, then the price might be very affordable. However, if there is no generic available and you are faced with the brand price, especially paying out of pocket, then you can save using verified online pharmacies. You can search verified pharmacies that list prices on PharmacyChecker.com.
Other Ways to Save Money on Diabetes Medication
• U.S. Pharmacies — If you prefer to shop at your local U.S. pharmacy, just scroll to the bottom of each price page and enter your ZIP Code to find the discounts available in your area. When you choose a pharmacy, click "Print Card for This Pharmacy" to obtain your discount at the pharmacy of your choice.
• Patient Assistance Programs — PharmacyChecker.com also offers a search tool for patient assistance programs. Many pharmaceutical companies offer aid with the cost of medications through patient assistance programs.
• Benefitscheckup.org — Provides information on savings programs for the elderly with limited income.
• Diabetes.org — Provides information on local events and tips from others on how to save on diabetes medications and supplies.
Ordering Insulin from Verified Online Pharmacies
Currently, none of the pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program ship insulin to patients in the U.S. We hope Canadian pharmacies will supply insulin to U.S. customers with a valid prescription in the near future.
For more information, please see our blog post: PharmacyChecker Policy on Buying Insulin from Canada is Stricter than U.S. Safety StandardsUpdated November 26, 2019