Help During Hurricane Harvey

On behalf of everyone at Eli Lilly and Company, I want to express our heartfelt sympathy to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The images we are seeing are simply shocking, and it is hard to even imagine the pain being endured by so many. Please know that there are many people committed to helping you.

We are so grateful to the first responders – police, firefighters and EMTs, as well as Americans from all over the country – who are providing life-saving assistance. Your extraordinary service and bravery represent the very best of who we are.

To do our part to help, the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross for the relief effort. We also will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations that our employees make to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. We hope these donations play a role in providing some comfort for those in need.

We also want to provide the following additional information for those who use our medicines, such as insulin:

  • For people who can get to a pharmacy, the best way to access your medicines is through normal channels. As of today, many of the pharmacies in the area remain open, although we know that could change over the coming days.
  • If your insulin or other Lilly medicine has been damaged or destroyed by the storm, you can talk to your pharmacy about getting a new 30-day supply. Many insurance plans have “disaster overrides” that allow you to replace your destroyed medicine for the cost of a co-pay. If you don’t have a disaster override, Lilly will provide you with a new 30-day supply at no charge. And if you have a high-deductible plan that normally requires you to pay the full price for your treatment, you will receive a 30-day supply at no charge if your medicine is destroyed. If you need more assistance, you can dial The Lilly Answers Center at (800) 545-5979.
  • Donated Lilly medicines, including insulin, were shipped to Direct Relief International as part of their hurricane preparedness program. DRI is working diligently to get these and other supplies in positions to be utilized by those in need.

We will continue to work with those providing assistance to understand what is needed and how we can help in the days and weeks ahead. Thank you to everyone around the country for helping our friends and neighbors who are enduring these terrible circumstances.

Rob Smith

Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility

Eli Lilly and Company