diabetes medication costs

20 Jan: Byetta vs Victoza vs Bydureon: Which is Cheaper and Better?

The treatment of type II diabetes can boast a whole slew of ever-greater advancements, including the new incretin-based therapies. While this is wonderful news for those dealing with this disease, how is it possible to keep up and understand the important differences when faced with a choice between Byetta vs Victoza vs Bydureon? Hopefully this overview of these therapies and their features will help make the benefits and downfalls of each treatment clear and simple. Assessing diabetes therapy effectiveness Hemoglobin A1c levels are the most reliable way to assess long-term blood sugar control, a crucial part of diabetes management. Therefore, the effectiveness of all anti-diabetic medications should be measured by their effects on A1c values. Another important factor in helping…

17 Nov: Is Januvia worth the price?

The Type 2 diabetes drug Januvia (sitagliptin) has become a source of controversy after the drug’s maker, Merck, funded a letter to doctors by CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefits manager, urging the physicians to add the drug to specific patients’ treatment regimens. Januvia costs as much as 10 times the price of older diabetes drugs such as metformin and glipizide xl. (Note: Januvia purchased from a Canadian pharmacy costs about half as much as from a U.S. pharmacy — though it is still significantly more expensive than metformin and glipizide.) Beyond the apparent conflict of interest in CVS Caremark’s letter, the question most important to patients is whether Januvia’s superiority over older, cheaper diabetes drugs makes it worth the additional…