Insulin Pens: FDA vs. Reality

I am thrilled that the FDA clarified its intent (to November 2019 revisions of labelling of insulin pens) that health care professionals should dispense insulin pens to a single patient in the original sealed carton. Unfortunately, the reason insulin pens may not be dispensed to a single patient in the original sealed carton is that the pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) penalize pharmacies for doing this. PBMs are very tricky in allowing only exactly a 30 day supply if the prescription is for a month’s supply so guess what insulin pens are taken out of their original sealed carton (box). FDA needs to instruct PBMs that they can not allow the original sealed carton(box) to be opened.

The Pros & Cons of Insulin Pens - Diabetes Insulin Type 1 Diabetes
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