MedCity News: Infographic: Why does JAMA say insulin has tripled in price?

By: Meghana Keshavan

A new JAMA paper that says insulin prices have nearly tripled in a decade is making the internet rounds – and for good reason. Insulin was discovered nearly a century ago. What’s driving the price so high?

A 2015 infographic from the Alliance of Community Health Plans gives us a clue as to why we’re faced with these skyrocketing numbers. After all, as JAMA points out, insulin dosage levels have increased between 2002 and 2013 – and the cost has risen from $4.34 per milliliter to $12.92 per milliliter.

Stunningly, JAMA says the costs U.S. diabetics spend on insulin and other blood sugar-controlling medications is higher than the amount Americans spend on all other drugs, combined.

 

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