Finding Prescription Discounts

Members of our community have had anxiety about prescription prices, and the health care uncertainty in 2017 has only heightened these fears. We consistently hear members of TuDiabetes are saying “I cannot afford diabetes”, “How will we afford this?” and “I am absolutely terrified that I won’t be able to afford my insulin”.

While this resource is not a perfect solution to our complicated health care system, we hope that it will help some people that are uninsured, underinsured, and/or struggling to pay for their supplies in an uncertain time. We invite you to join the conversation, and add tips of your own to assist other community members!

Prescription Assistance Programs:

Can help those under a certain income level; here are two easy search methods to see if you qualify:   

  1. Search through Partnership for Prescription Assistance

2. Search through NeedyMeds.

Blink Health:

Do you pay full retail prices at the pharmacy? This website is a new model that is aiming to give patients paying full price for prescriptions a negotiated lower rate. Lilly has partnered with Blink Health to offer Humalog®, Humulin®, and Basaglar® discounts to those paying full retail prices at the pharmacy. They expect more prescriptions to be available in the coming year. You can search and see your options at Blink Health.

Discounts on Lab Services:

Patient Assistance for Lab Services: Through this service, most tests (including A1C) are $5, less than many co-pays. 


Community Tips:

From Stoutlikethebeer:

  • Try signing up for “Mail order. My copay to get from a pharmacy for a 30 day supply is about the same as a 90 day supply mail ordered.”

From Alex20: “It’s terrible and frightening and nerve wracking, isn’t it? Some tips that I have used to help me out”

  • “Call your doc for samples. Get as many as they will give you. And don’t be shy about it either”
  • “Look into prescription assistance plans through the manufacturer. I got cards [that] ensure that you don’t pay more than $25 or sometimes $75 for each prescription… It’s free; all you have to do is register the card with the company and then give it to the pharmacist when you get the script filled. NOT when you go to pay, though, cause that causes confusion”
  • “Another option you could consider is a Care Credit card. It’s a credit card to be used only for healthcare items.” Read More

Get tips from community members at And, share any discounts you find:


Miscellaneous Resources:
  • Our sites (in English) and (in Spanish) offer people touched by diabetes a place to turn for information, community and social support.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741-741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255
  • Diabulimia Hotline: Call 1-425-985-3635

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