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If you are running out of insulin before you are due to renew your prescription, what do you do?


Contact my doctor for a new prescription or samples






Buy my usual insulin and pay out of pocket






Buy Regular or NPH without a prescription






Ask friends or online through social media






Eat very low carbs to make my remaining insulin last longer






Something else






I never run out of insulin






Total votes: 72


If you are running out of insulin before you are due to renew your prescription, what do you do?

Poll dates: February 21 - 28, 2018
Total Votes: 72

For people with type 1 diabetes, running out of insulin before you can renew your prescription is potentially deadly. In the past several years, we've heard news reports of people dying due to running out of insulin. Given the importance of this issue, we asked our readers what they would do if faced with running out of insulin.

The good news is that 45% of our respondents said that they never run out of insulin. The bad news is that 55% do, and their responses vary, as you can see from the data to the left. While calling your doctor might seem to be the first course of action, that's not the only answer. Almost one in ten rely on friends to help out. Very few revert to low-cost Regular and NPH insulin, perhaps because people diagnosed after the advent of insulin analogs are unlikely to have any experience or training on using those insulins.

The three major insulin providers in the US offer assistance programs to help people who are struggling to pay for their insulin:

Have you run out of insulin? We'd like to hear from you. Please send us an email at

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