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Without insulin, my daughter will die.

She is one of over 1 million Americans with Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease that prevents her body from producing insulin.

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.

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.

Novalog, another fast acting form of insulin, retails for over $300 per vial.

Lantus, a long acting form of insulin, is priced at $280 per vial.

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.

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."

No, Mr. Lechleiter, without insulin, my child's disease, type 1 diabetes...is FATAL.

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?

Is that what we can expect from the healthcare system in the greatest country in the world?

It is time for someone to put a stop to this.

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Insulin should have gone generic long ago! I have cut my insulin expense drastically by buying ReliOn (WalMart's house brand)....no RX needed. Or you can have your Dr prescribe it to purchase as a vial (instead of pre filled pen) & it only costs $27 per vial ! Really! You will need to buy insulin syringes separately, but they are inexpensive. You can buy them with thin needles in boxes of 100. have reduced my Monthly drug expense by hundreds of dollars! I happened on this info on the web; discussed it with my Dr & made the switch. I am tired of letting the drug companies take a huge chunk of my money just because they refuse to let this life-saving drug go generic & keep the budget options a secret!
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Matt J. from Kaysville, UT writes:
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Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed at a young age. It's not brought about by poor diet, lack of exercise, etc. I've seen the price of insulin skyrocket over the past 25 years since I was diagnosed with diabetes. It's becoming way too heavy a burden for the common man/woman to carry for his/her children and self. Something must be done to get these prices back under control.
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