I would like to data scrape a reliable source where I can get real time data about insulin prices. I am using Python's BeautifulSoup and shoving the results into a SQL database that has the columns of Date, Vendor, and Retail Price. Or are there already reliable open data sources about this topic? I was currently reading reports about insulin trends and the people have these graphs; however, I often question where did they get their data.

  • where have you looked?
    – albert
    Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 1:10
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    @albert I did this search on Google 'insulin prices usa 2020 database "database"'. It pointed me to some private databases. I was wondering if there were some open ones. Commented Oct 2, 2020 at 14:22
  • try adding open data to it. i just did and first two results are open data.
    – albert
    Commented Oct 3, 2020 at 19:52
  • @albert I might need to see a url because I tried 'insulin prices usa 2020 open data "database"', and 'insulin prices usa 2020 open data "open data"' and they both did not work been trying for 2 days already. Commented Oct 5, 2020 at 0:33

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Check these out, not real time, one updated monthly and the other yearly:

  1. National Average Drug Acquisition Costs
  2. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey

NADAC gives you the wholesale prices I think. MEPS is a great source but requires a lot of digging and cross referencing different parts of the survey on a common key. As far as open data those are the best I have found for expense estimating. Also check out open FDA.

Good luck!

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