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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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My sister has been a T1D for 20 years. I was very young when she was diagnosed but I've watched her struggle to maintain this disease. This disease is genetic, there is absolutely nothing she could have done to prevent this. T1D is a full time job, you don't get a break from it. You have to work tirelessly every day trying to maintain a "normal" blood glucose level. Battling highs and lows, fighting to live every single day. On top of it all insulin, something she absolutely requires to live is astronomically expensive. Why is that we can make birth control free but diabetics have to go broke trying to survive? I'm pleading with you to help my sister and the other 29 million Americans who live with diabetes everyday. There is no reason she should pay $900 out of pocket before her $5000 deductible is met and $300 after that. You pay or you die. They have no options but to go broke trying to live. She has two young children who need her. Please make insulin affordable, it's disgusting to profit off of someone's pain.
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