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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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2 days ago
Karen K. from Pewaukee, WI writes:
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The drug companies are arbitrarily raising prices to increase their profits to the point where many of us cannot afford the drugs we need to stay healthy. If this is such a great country why are so many of our citizens having to choose between food and taking their medications? No wonder our average life span has fallen,
2 days ago
Karen K. from Pewaukee, WI writes:
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The drug companies are arbitrarily raising prices to increase their profits to the point where many of us cannot afford the drugs we need to stay healthy. If this is such a great country why are so many of our citizens having to choose between food and taking their medications? No wonder our average life span has fallen,
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Apr 10th, 2017
Roger P. from Orem, UT writes:
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Why are co-pay's, and other costs and so forth, so much more expensive for diabetic supplies , (insulin, pump supplies, ect.) than other medications. Any life sustaining drugs or equipment they gauge you!!! Its just not right!! You cant afford to live with certain conditions.
Apr 6th, 2017
Julie P. from Sisters, OR writes:
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I am one of four people in my family who has diabetes. The cost of insulin is exorbitant even with double coverage. It has impacted our ability to pay bills We have to choose between life saving insulin and our house payment. That is wrong.
Apr 5th, 2017
Ronit S. from Woodland Hills, CA signed.
Apr 5th, 2017
Dorothy G. from Agoura Hills, CA signed.
Apr 5th, 2017
R. S. from Pompano Beach, FL writes:
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Please make this affordable! People need this to live.
Apr 5th, 2017
Carron S. from Pasadena, TX writes:
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High cost of insulin versus the cheaper insulin is in essence the same as abortion for some children. It's denying their rights to Life!