Levemir

Generic name

Insulin Detemir

Covered by Medicare

Yes

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Average Annual Cost per Beneficiary

$3,162.46

Average cost per year*

Average Annual Cost per Dose

$32.01

1.17%

Average cost per beneficiary*

Manufacturer(s)

  • Novo Nordisk

What is Levemir

Insulin detemir 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. Insulin detemir is a man-made product that is similar to human insulin. It replaces the insulin that your body would normally make. It acts longer than regular insulin, providing a low, steady level of insulin. It works by helping blood sugar (glucose) get into cells so your body can use it for energy. Insulin detemir may be used with a shorter-acting insulin product. It may also be used alone or with other diabetes drugs (such as metformin, exenatide). 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 Levemir

Yes, Levemir is covered by Medicare.

In 2021, the average cost per dose of Levemir was $32.01.

The average dose of Levemir received per year is 15,555,613 units

118,234 Medicare beneficiaries received Levemir in 2021, which was a -0.13% from 2020

There were 579,211 claims made by Medicare beneficiaries, which is a -0.18% from 2020

The average spending amount per claim in 2021 was $645.55

The average Medicare spending per beneficiary amount for Levemir was $3,162.46

Novo Nordisk received $373,910,076.90

The total amount spent on Levemir by Medicare is $373,910,076.90

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