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Optum, Sanofi partner on low-cost insulin for the uninsured


Optum is partnering with pharmaceutical company Sanofi to make insulin available and affordable for uninsured people.

The UnitedHealth Group subsidiary is working with the drugmaker to offer a 30-day supply of commonly used insulins for $35 through its online health services and products retailer Optum Store.

Available with a valid prescription, the low-cost insulin is being offered on the heels of UnitedHealthcare’s July announcement that it plans to eliminate out-of-pocket costs in standard fully insured group plans for certain preferred prescription drugs, including insulin and several drugs used to treat emergencies.

Heather Cianfrocco, chief executive officer of OptumRx, anticipates the partnership will improve access and lower costs for those who need an affordable insulin solution.

“The need for affordable insulin is urgent, especially for uninsured populations,” she said.

WHAT’S THE IMPACT Optum said it’s able to provide affordable access to needed medications by leveraging its core clinical and pharmacy benefit capabilities to negotiate lower prices and discounts.People can access Optum Store to determine whether their insulin is part of the affordability program. They may then get qualified and download an insulin savings card, and then fill their prescription at the $35 price point at any retail pharmacy. A mail-service option will soon be […]

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