Hi ntrubov, it seems like you’re saying that because this young man did not know as much as you do about our disease (with 55 years of experience), he is ignorant or just plain stupid? Is that what you meant to say? I think probably not…He was only 26, and Humalog has been the accepted standard of care since the 1990s. He probably never used Regular. And even if mentally he was kinda…slow (I have known plenty of 26-year-old men who lack common sense; and the article did say he didn’t know what a deductible was), does that mean that he deserved to die?! I don’t think so.
I think that each person’s medication regimen should be determined by him or her and his or her doctor. Humalog cost $80.00 per vial when I was diagnosed in 2000. Now the same exact medication costs $860.00 per vial over the counter. There are resources that are available (e.g. GoodRx, Lily Cares, samples from doctors), but all of those take additional knowledge and work to acquire. There are plenty of people who might not be mentally able to navigate how to access these programs. It would be wrong to say that because these people can’t figure out how to get their medication cheaper that they deserve to die. Don’t you think there should be laws limiting how much a company can charge for medications? This young man was a taxpayer, do you think he deserves to have affordable access to the medication his doctor prescribed, not a worse-functioning alternative that hasn’t been the recommended standard of care for 20+ years? I mean, I know we are a capitalist society…but no capitalist society can function without limitations, can it?
I know Regular insulin works well, and the doses are basically equivalent to Humalog, but it takes longer to take effect and lasts longer. That could be tough adjustment to make without having to deal with highs and lows while you get used to it. Lantus and Humalin N are totally different though, without a doctor’s guidance I wouldn’t recommend anyone switching from one to the other. I’ve never used it, but with a pump I can’t imagine that Regular works as well, especially with the CGM with auto mode… Still, in a life or death situation it is a good option, for now, with our current healthcare system… I wish that this young man had known about these options before it was too late.