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Danish diabetes patients often prescribed expensive insulin first

A new report by the Danish Health Data Authority shows that many insulin users start their first treatments on a more expensive insulin relative to national guidelines.

According to a new report, Danish diabetes patients are prescribed relatively pricey insulin right out of the gate | Photo: Jacob Ehrbahn/Politiken

Only 7 percent of new insulin users with type 2 diabetes who need basal insulin actually start on the cheapest treatment option, according to Danish media Sundhedspolitisk Tidsskrift, citing a report made by the Danish Health Data Authority.

The remaining new insulin recipients are prescribed a more expensive treatment than they need, according to the list of recommended products, which is put together by the Danish Ministry of Health.

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