Estimation of the Cost of Production

Tool Description

How much does insulin actually cost to produce?  This article, published in BMJ Global Health, provides an estimate for the cost of production for human and analogue insulins, as well as estimates what profitable prices should be with increased biosimilar competition.

Who is this tool for?

National policymakers, high-level policymakers in health, financing and economics, insulin manufacturers, insulin advocates.

Using This Tool

Using this information, you can compare the estimated cost of production to the actual government procurement prices of insulin.  Further tools will be coming regarding this topic, so please check back! You can see the infographics related to the article here.

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