Afrezza

Generic name

Insulin Regular, Human

Covered by Medicare

Yes

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Average Annual Cost per Beneficiary

$7,429.37

Average cost per year*

Average Annual Cost per Dose

$8.46

9.87%

Average cost per beneficiary*

Manufacturer(s)

  • Mannkind Corpor

What is Afrezza

Inhaled insulin powder is used with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke. This man-made insulin product is the same as human insulin. It replaces the insulin that your body would normally make. It is a short-acting insulin. It works by helping blood sugar (glucose) get into cells so your body can use it for energy. This product is absorbed into the blood through your lungs. It starts working faster and lasts for a shorter time than regular insulin injected under the skin. It is usually used in combination with a medium- or long-acting insulin product. This medication may also be used alone or with other oral diabetes drugs (such as metformin). NOTE: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

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*Origin of the terms and chart data used within this page: https://data.cms.gov/

Common Questions About Afrezza

Yes, Afrezza is covered by Medicare.

In 2021, the average cost per dose of Afrezza was $8.46.

The average dose of Afrezza received per year is 896,483 units

1,399 Medicare beneficiaries received Afrezza in 2021, which was a 0.1% from 2020

There were 6,088 claims made by Medicare beneficiaries, which is a 0.12% from 2020

The average spending amount per claim in 2021 was $1,707.24

The average Medicare spending per beneficiary amount for Afrezza was $7,429.37

Mannkind Corpor received $10,393,693.26

The total amount spent on Afrezza by Medicare is $10,393,693.26

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