cost of diabetes medication

Rising Costs of Diabetes Medications

As the landscape of healthcare evolves, one concerning trend has emerged—a sharp increase in the cost of diabetes medications. According to recent data from GoodRx, compared to 2018, the average diabetes patient now spends 129% more for their medications. This surge in costs is particularly impacting patients prescribed GLP-1 receptor agonists, such as Ozempic and Mounjaro.

Demand Dynamics: Off-label Prescriptions and Shortages

GLP-1 receptor agonists are a popular class of medications, primarily approved for Type 2 diabetes management, with some also indicated for chronic weight management. However, the demand for off-label prescriptions of these powerful weight loss medications is skyrocketing. This surge in demand, coupled with intermittent shortages, has led to frustrations among patients and volatile fluctuations in costs.

Insurance Challenges

Insurance coverage for GLP-1s is also facing challenges, with many companies reducing coverage or removing these medications from their formularies. This trend exacerbates the pricing volatility, making it increasingly difficult for patients to afford essential treatments.

Spotlight on Rising Prices

A recent report by GoodRx highlighted Mounjaro and Zepbound as the GLP-1s experiencing the highest price increases. Mounjaro, approved for Type 2 diabetes, and Zepbound, indicated for chronic weight management, have seen significant spikes in costs, creating additional financial burdens for patients.

According to GoodRx, the most significant jump in out-of-pocket expenses for GLP-1s occurred between June 2023 and July 2023. During this period, the average out-of-pocket pay amount surged from $92 to $227—a staggering increase within a single month.

Stability Amidst Uncertainty

In contrast, the cost of older diabetes medications has remained relatively stable over the same period, according to prescription fill data between 2018 and 2023. While this stability offers some relief, it underscores the urgent need to address the escalating costs of newer medications, especially those critical for managing diabetes and related conditions.

At Atlantic Biologicals, we recognize the challenges that patients and healthcare providers face in navigating the rising costs of diabetes medications. As a pharmaceutical distributor committed to enhancing patient care, we are dedicated to finding solutions that ensure access to affordable and essential treatments.

In the pursuit of our mission, Atlantic Biologicals stands ready to support patients, healthcare providers, and stakeholders in overcoming the obstacles posed by rising medication costs. With determination and dedication, we can pave the way towards a more equitable and accessible healthcare system for all.