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Blood Glucose Control

What is the Most Ineffective Medication?

As we know, the most ineffective medication is the one needed but never taken. There are many reasons our patients don’t take prescription medicines, but a biggy is the cost. If a medicine is too expensive, the patient will not fill the prescription, therefore won’t take it. For example, when ordering an SGLT-2 and/or GLP-1, each can cost hundreds or more for a month’s prescription. Some are covered for both. Some are covered for one brand, but not the other.

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Just Because It Says “—” Doesn’t Mean It Is

Male, 62 years of age, type 2 diabetes, class III obesity. Has been on metformin, 1,000mg twice daily. Glucose in the 200-300mg/dL range. A1C. Taught about lower carb meal plan, started on Trulicity, first 0.75mg, then 1.5mg/dL. Made the dietary changes right away with the addition of the Trulicity. Within 2 weeks glucose levels averaged 125, patient losing weight, decreased appetite and feeling good. More energy. Insurance did not cover Trulicity, but did cover Victoza, so started on Victoza. When made the change, started with the 0.6mg daily, then increased weekly to the 1.8mg/day.

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