Reduce Insulin Costs

Insulin costs have skyrocketed in recent years, limiting access to life sustaining medication for individuals with diabetes.

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 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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Public Comments (18,084)
Sep 9th, 2018
Heather F. from Pine Prairie, LA writes:
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My name is Heat her Fontenot my so was diagnosed withe typeople 1 juveNile diabetes at the age of q5 months . My son is now 18. I have a group on Facebook called type 1 juvenile diabetes Parents/children Support group. I am reaching out because this disease as cancer also. Please HELP LOWER INSULIN PRICES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO AND CAN'T AFFORD INSULIN
Aug 19th, 2018
Someone from Groton, NY writes:
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Recently I read of how using Metformin off-label for Type 1 diabetics helps us to lower our insulin needs, improve blood sugars, lose weight, and even protect our hearts. I asked my doctor to let me try that, and my insulin needs have dropped by about 12%, with better blood sugar results. My pharmacist says that many more doctors are now prescribing Metformin (an inexpensive drug) to Type 1 diabetics. Perhaps this might help adult Type 1 diabetics lower their insulin requirements. With the price of insulin being so criminally high, this might help someone.
Jun 24th, 2018
Andrea H. from Rowlett, TX writes:
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Type 1 for 41 years with private health insurance. I work in order to buy insulin and the blood sugar monitor device necessary to keep me alive. Quit with the propaganda. I suspect the campaign contributions politicians receive from big pharmaceuticals far exceed the cost for the diabetic to stay alive. Insulin isn't a luxury.
Jun 11th, 2018
Someone from Alexandria, MN writes:
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I'm a mom that has two sons that have type 1 diabetes. My first got it when he was 16 and the 2nd got it at 20. I've seen them really struggle with having to pay for their insulin every 3-4weeks even though they both have insurance it's still so costly not only that they are both on the pump which they have to buy supplies for that to and that's not cheap either. Everyday I worry that they can't afford their insulin or supplies. They need it or they'll die . This goes for all of those who have this terrible disease. Please do something for them all..
Mar 16th, 2018
Melanie P. from Brandon, MS writes:
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Insulin dependent people should have the same BENEFITS AS RECOVERING HEROIN ADDICTS WHO GET THEIR METHODONE FROM THE CLINICS.... Pancreas abnormal function VS illegal drug dependacy. Hello..... help these people with a reduction in costs.
Jan 17th, 2018
Richard D. from Port Richey, FL writes:
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cost of insulin too high,insulin user for 65 years
Jan 13th, 2018
Someone from Lexington, OK writes:
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I have had to go to the emergency room because I didnt have money for insulin and went into DKA.. This needs to happen. I'm 23 years old, there are kids out there whose families are in my boat, but they're 3, or 4, or 8. They don't deserve this.
Jan 13th, 2018
Britta V. from Boulder, CO writes:
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I've used humalog for 16 of the 18 years I've been type 1 diabetic. I will not go back because insulin manufacturers see our lives as an opportunity for profit.
Dec 23rd, 2017
Douglas M. from Springville, UT writes:
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I've been a type 1 Diabetic for 39 years. My 2600 insurance deductible is consumed by my first order of insulin every year. have seen the cost skyrocket. Something needs to be done.
Dec 13th, 2017
Don T. from Canton, TX signed.

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