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Reduce Insulin Costs

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Without insulin, my daughter will die.

She is one of over 1 million Americans with Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease that prevents her body from producing insulin.

Diabetes affects over 29 million Americans, is the 7th leading cause of death, and exceeds over $176 billion in direct healthcare costs each year. Diabetes is a money maker for the healthcare industry. It is a budget killer for American families.

Eli Lilly bought the patent on Frederick Banting's first insulin for $1.00 almost 100 years ago. There have been advancements, but Lilly's most commonly used form of insulin, Humalog was approved by the FDA in 1996 as a "fast acting" insulin.The cost has increased to over $400 per vial today.

Novalog, another fast acting form of insulin, retails for over $300 per vial.

Lantus, a long acting form of insulin, is priced at $280 per vial.

It's worth noting that most insulin dependent individuals require Lantus and one of the two fast acting forms of insulin, along with blood glucose testing strips, and other various diabetes related supplies.

Eli Lilly's CEO, John Lechleiter, has been quoted as saying,"yes, the drugs can be expensive, but the disease is a lot more expensive."

No, Mr. Lechleiter, without insulin, my child's disease, type 1 diabetes...is FATAL.

Insulin costs, like Mylan's EpiPens, have increased by over 400% in recent years. Americans pay the highest prices for insulin in the world. People are unable to afford these prices, and are being forced to make difficult choices. Often that choice is to limit their insulin use, risking their lives. There is no help from their high deductible insurance carriers. RX plans are refusing to cover various insulins beginning January 1, 2017 because of the high costs. Not only is it financially inaccessible, but now insurance providers are limiting access! What options do we have? Go broke trying to afford these life sustaining medications, and watch our children waste away and die?

Is that what we can expect from the healthcare system in the greatest country in the world?

It is time for someone to put a stop to this.

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41 minutes ago
Elizabeth F. from Hamilton, MT writes:
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I too have a child, now adult, who needs daily insulin. The inflated pricing of insulin is, frankly, criminal. People with Type 1 need it to stay alive, and they often find it difficult or impossible to find affordable health insurance plans to help defray the outrageous costs. Enough. It truly is time we put a stop to this!
1 hour ago
Joan P. from Antioch, TN writes:
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USA citizens should be dying or suffering because they are unable to obtain insulin due to the cost. Imagine knowing there is effective treatment, but only for those who can afford it. Just out off reach. Even with insurance, many of us with diabetes go without our treatment for one reason...money. that is disgraceful.
5 days ago
Lori C. from Cave Creek, AZ writes:
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My daughter was diagnosed type 1 in August of last year. The financial toll has been tremendous. We make *just enough* to not qualify for any help, and our past budgeting for savings and a middle class lifestyle is now gone (as is our savings) and the strain is, like I said, immense. It is also incredibly unfair to take a medically necessary (and inexpensive) product and hold an entire group hostage with price gauging. ENOUGH.
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