By: David Sell
Injectable insulin, which keeps some diabetics alive and keeps others out of serious health crises, has soared in price in the last few years.
“It is out of control,” said Carol Hammond, 72, a diabetic who lives in North Philadelphia and survives on Social Security. “My rent isn’t too bad, but after paying for insulin, I don’t have much left.”
Hammond said she skips buying or taking doses because her Medicare and Medicare Advantage health insurance plans don’t always cover the cost of her insulin at the pharmacy counter. Her doctor helps her find it cheaper and gives her an occasional sample.