New FDA-Approved Diabetes Medications
For National Diabetes Month, I would like to share new, more convenient forms of diabetic medications that have recently surfaced on the market.
By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health
According to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, more than 30 million people in America have diabetes, and that number is only expected to increase. Even more alarming is the fact that 7.2 million of that total are undiagnosed. Diabetes requires a daily shot of insulin or sometimes emergency glucagon, but thankfully there are a few newly-developed medications that will help make the routine less daunting. Remember, always consult with your physician before modifying your medication program.
Another new medication is Humalog (insulin pen), which is recognized as a “fast-acting” insulin that begins to work 15 minutes after injection and continues to work up to 4 hours. The benefit of this medication is the added convenience–it’s a prefilled, disposable pen that does not require measuring the dosage and using a syringe. It is typically given within fifteen minutes before a meal or immediately after a meal, and may be used in regimens with other long-acting insulin for coverage throughout the day. This medication is prescribed to help control blood sugar levels in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.
If you find that the prices of these new medications are too expensive, talk to your pharmacy–they can be a great resource for helping bring costs down. Please share this article with friends and family, especially those living with diabetes.