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Reduce Insulin Costs

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Without insulin, my daughter will die.<br />
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She is one of over 1 million Americans with Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease that prevents her body from producing insulin. <br />
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Diabetes affects over 29 million Americans, is the 7th leading cause of death, and exceeds over $176 billion in direct healthcare costs each year. Diabetes is a money maker for the healthcare industry. It is a budget killer for American families. <br />
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Eli Lilly bought the patent on Frederick Banting's first insulin for $1.00 almost 100 years ago. There have been advancements, but Lilly's most commonly used form of insulin, Humalog was approved by the FDA in 1996 as a "fast acting" insulin.The cost has increased to over $400 per vial today. <br />
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Novalog, another fast acting form of insulin, retails for over $300 per vial.<br />
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Lantus, a long acting form of insulin, is priced at $280 per vial. <br />
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It's worth noting that most insulin dependent individuals require Lantus and one of the two fast acting forms of insulin, along with blood glucose testing strips, and other various diabetes related supplies. <br />
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Eli Lilly's CEO, John Lechleiter, has been quoted as saying,"yes, the drugs can be expensive, but the disease is a lot more expensive."<br />
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No, Mr. Lechleiter, without insulin, my child's disease, type 1 diabetes...is FATAL.<br />
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Insulin costs, like Mylan's EpiPens, have increased by over 400% in recent years. Americans pay the highest prices for insulin in the world. People are unable to afford these prices, and are being forced to make difficult choices. Often that choice is to limit their insulin use, risking their lives. There is no help from their high deductible insurance carriers. RX plans are refusing to cover various insulins beginning January 1, 2017 because of the high costs. Not only is it financially inaccessible, but now insurance providers are limiting access! What options do we have? Go broke trying to afford these life sustaining medications, and watch our children waste away and die?<br />
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Is that what we can expect from the healthcare system in the greatest country in the world? <br />
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It is time for someone to put a stop to this.

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Oct 7th, 2017
Matt C. from Lancaster, PA signed.
Sep 22nd, 2017
Someone from Highland, IN writes:
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My daughter & son-in-law are paying $18,000.oo to have insurance & $6,500.00 individual deductible. After that, the insurance will pay 100%. They can't afford insulin for my Grandson. I feel the death squad is working trying to make sure only the healthy survive. At the age of 2.5 years old, my grandson didn't do anything to make his pancreas stop working. We need the price of insulin to be reduced.
Sep 22nd, 2017
Someone from Highland, IN writes:
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My daughter & son-in-law are paying $18,000.oo to have insurance & $6,500.00 individual deductible. After that, the insurance will pay 100%. They can't afford insulin for my Grandson. I feel the death squad is working trying to make sure only the healthy survive. At the age of 2.5 years old, my grandson didn't do anything to make his pancreas stop working. We need the price of insulin to be reduced.
Sep 21st, 2017
Pamela W. from Schererville, IN writes:
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No one should have to risk death because of costs. Insulin is one of the medicine that should be reduced in price.
Sep 21st, 2017
Someone from Hammond, IN signed.
Aug 31st, 2017
Richard W. from Framingham, MA signed.
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Aug 14th, 2017
Someone from Hope Mills, NC writes:
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The greed of the manufacturers is beyond measure, and must be stopped. What justification do they have for the brutality of their pricing increases? The number of new Type 2 diabetics increases annually, and many of these come to need insulin as well, which means an even bigger market for manufacturers. I am a Type 1 diabetic and have been since 1985. Fast approaching senior-dom, I am wondering how I will be able to afford this stuff in the future, if there is no control on the pharmaceutical companies' raise in prices. Their high pricing will likely, essentially amount to murder.
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