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 257,900 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.
“Insulin is not a luxury drug. It’s not optional. It’s something we need, and the prices just keep going up. There’s a lot of support in the diabetes community, but at the end of the day you’re still the one living with it and it’s your life that’s at stake. That’s scary.”
“My fiancée and I spend $280 every three weeks for her insulin. Her insurance doesn’t cover the drug she uses, but it’s the only one that’s worked well for her. Do we sell the house that we just built or do we live? Those are the choices we face.”
“When considering a new job, most people care mainly about the salary being offered or the job requirements. For me, my employment is driven by the benefits package. It’s better for me to take a job with a lower salary if it means the health insurance will cover the insulin I need.”
“Insulin is lifesaving. There’s no reason that any of my patients should have to take less insulin than I prescribe because they can’t afford it.”
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