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.