26-year-old Alec Smith couldn’t afford the $1,300 a month insulin he needed to control his diabetes, so he tried rationing it — and died. His mother is now speaking out, telling NBC News she lost her son “because of pharmaceutical greed.” Read more here.
The price of insulin has skyrocketed, and what some diabetics do to get the medicine they need is simply heartbreaking and awful.
The increasing cost of insulin is potentially exposing those with diabetes to serious health consequences, according to an American Diabetes Association statement published in the June issue of Diabetes Care.
Her daughter’s lifesaving medication used to be affordable, just $50 for a three-month supply. Today, it costs $1300.
Sydney Look was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 16 years old. The condition causes her pancreas to produce little to no insulin.
The problem arose when Doreen Rudolph’s daughter, Nicole, turned 26 last year. The grad school student was no longer covered under her parents’ insurance.
I was stuck for many years pushing paperwork in a miserable job that I hated. Why did I stay? Because I needed insurance to afford diabetes test strips, a glucose meter, an insulin pump, all the supplies to make it infuse insulin into my body, and insulin.
Researchers say 1 in 4 people with type 1 diabetes go at least 30 days without health coverage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes – representing nearly 10 percent of our population.
When his type 1 diabetes patients can’t keep up with the high cost of insulin, Mark Schutta half-jokingly offers a radical solution: Buy an off-season ticket to France.
The US government is being urged to take action over soaring insulin prices in America.
U.S. officials need to take action to control spiking insulin prices, the American Medical Association (AMA) says.