Insulin isn’t just a drug. It’s the difference between life and death for millions of people with diabetes – and it’s something they will need every day for the rest of their lives.
When you or someone you love needs insulin and cannot afford it, the choices are scary. With the average price of insulin skyrocketing in recent years – nearly tripling between 2002 and 2013 – more and more of our family members, our friends, our neighbors and ourselves are faced with tough choices to pay for this lifesaving drug.
This is unacceptable. It’s time to stand together and call for change.
Join us in calling for increased transparency and more affordable insulin. More than 193,000 people have signed the American Diabetes Association’s petition to support those struggling with insulin affordability. Add your name today.
For millions of Americans living with diabetes, access to insulin is literally a matter of life and death. Hear firsthand from people who rely on insulin and their caregivers about how insulin costs are affecting their lives and health.
“One of my biggest fears is that someday when my son is on his own that he won’t be able to afford the insulin needed to keep him alive. How will our children do it? As parents of a child with type 1 we have enough to worry about every minute of every day let alone how they will afford to survive someday.”
“At times, I will starve to reduce my insulin needs to ensure I have enough insulin for my child.”
“I’ve been fighting breast cancer which has wiped out our finances. My 20 year old son comes home from being a missionary in Mexico soon and I don’t know how we will afford his insulin and college tuition. Should he have to choose between staying alive or going to college?”
“This past year I was paying more than $700 per month for my Humalog. This “cost of staying alive” represents 59% of my monthly mortgage payment and 143% of my monthly insurance premium. I know that pharmaceutical companies spend large sums of money on research and development for new and existing drugs. Why does a drug that has been in the market for such a long time, continue to sell at an extremely high cost?”
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