HEALTHLINE: Why Is the Cost of Insulin Rising and What Can People Do About It?

By Ginger Vieira

Insulin in the United States isn’t free — in fact, it’s remarkably expensive, with some of today’s newest varieties costing over $500 for a box of five pens, according to GoodRx.

And its cost is still rising.

List prices of insulin have nearly tripled from 2002 to 2013, according to a report from a working group at the American Diabetes Association.

Some patients are also reportedly rationing their insulin because taking too little is better than having none to take at all. The result is people with diabetes living with dangerously high blood glucose levels, putting their health and even their lives in danger.

But the questions of who is to blame for skyrocketing prices and what can be done about it don’t have simple answers.

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