Manufacturer offers free insulin during coronavirus pandemic 

Manufacturer offers free insulin during coronavirus pandemic 
This photo provided by Novo Nordisk Inc. shows its Tresiba brand insulin. On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, Novo Nordisk announced a new program offering free insulin for at least three months months for diabetes patients who have lost their insurance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Novo Nordisk Inc. via AP) (AP)

A pharmaceutical company that manufactures insulin said it will offer free doses for 90 days to diabetes patients who lost coverage because they lost their job as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Novo Nordisk is offering the benefit through its diabetes patient assistance program, CNN reported.

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"Patients have enough issues to worry about at this moment," Doug Langa, president of the pharmaceutical company, said in a statement. "We don't want being able to pay for their insulin to be one of them."

Eligible patients have to show proof of coverage loss or that they are being offered Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act benefits. The company has other programs, including its Immediate Supply option for more help to those who rely on insulin.

Another insulin maker, Eli Lilly, announced earlier this month it they would offer $35 insulin refills to anyone without health insurance, CNN reported.