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Diabetic Treatment Cost Doubles as Insulin Use Increases

Diabetics are using more insulin and paying about twice as much for the treatment than a decade ago, even though questions remain about whether the newer forms of the drug are more effective, Yale University researchers said.

Out-of-pocket costs for each insulin prescription rose to $36 in 2010 from $19 in 2000 as patients switched to newer forms of insulin that cost two to four times more than older versions, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. The percentage of diabetics filling insulin prescriptions rose to 15 percent from 9.7 percent.