The price of insulin is rising exponentially. I am unfortunately a diabetic. The Washington Post has noted that when the inventor Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he felt it was unethical for a doctor like him to profit from a discovery that would save lives. His partners in this endeavor sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for $1- yeah, $1, as they, too, wanted no one who needed insulin to not be able to afford it.
There is no way to make this palatable, but today 23 million people needing insulin can no longer afford it, as there is price gouging by many in the pharmaceutical industry. There are four types of insulin, and the out-of-pocket costs have risen for many to at least $450 dollars a month. I lucked out for now, but many, including children are in a deadly quandary.
We have essentially, as one source has noted , made Type 1 diabetes, a treatable disease, but with price gouging by pharmaceutical companies; we have made too many diabetics faced with draconian choices. Essentially, to buy less or not buy at all. This is an issue that should go to your Congressional Representative that fair prices are needed, as we have the highest prices in the world.
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Cigna and Express Scripts have made some effort to lower costs, but here is the wrinkle, as they and other pharmaceutical companies only cover 1 percent of the 23 million living with diabetes. Please ask your Congress member to act and get the price to about $45, as Cigna is doing! No one should die from a treatable disease!
Bill Weightman, Hardyston
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The Rising Cost of Insulin
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