Medicines affordability in the US

Some people with diabetes in the US are increasingly finding it hard to pay for their healthcare, especially those uninsured and in high-deductible healthcare plans. This is not acceptable.

In line with our social responsibility, we have launched initiatives and programmes offering people living with diabetes in the US insulin affordability solutions. These include:

  • Making low-cost human insulin available at Walmart for around $25 per vial. This offering has been running for almost two decades and has recently been made available in other national pharmacy chains through programmes with CVS and ESI. Around 500,000 Americans are using our human insulin through these partnerships.
  • Offering co-pay cards to help defray patient out-of-pocket costs.
  • Providing a patient assistance programme, which in 2018 provided free insulin to nearly 50,000 people with diabetes. Through the programme, an individual with an annual income up to 49,960 US dollars, and a family of four with a combined annual income up to 103,000 US dollars, may qualify for free Novo Nordisk medicines - including all of our insulin products.
  • Our  My$99Insulin offering means all patients can purchase up to three vials or two packs of FlexPen®/FlexTouch®/Penfill® pens of any combination of insulins from Novo Nordisk Inc. for $99.
  • Making authorized generics of two of our modern insulins made by new Novo Nordisk A/S US company, Novo Nordisk Pharma, Inc., available at pharmacies within 1-3 business days at 50 percent off the list price.
  • An immediate, one-time insulin supply option available for people facing an acute need when more time is needed to identify a long-term sustainable solution.

The complexity of the US healthcare system means that arriving at solutions that ensure affordable access to medicines for all is not straightforward. However, we believe that with collaboration across all parties in the system, sustainable solutions can be achieved.

We want to be part of a solution and we are actively working with all parties in the US healthcare system to find ways that reduce the burden on patients both in the short-term and for longer-term reform.

Find out more about NovoCare(R) and our insulin affordability initiatives.


Our collaborations towards affordable medicines for americans

Our collaborations towards affordable medicines for Americans

See how we are working with third parties to provide affordable medicines in the US