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Let Hoosiers be Heard on Prescription Drug Pricing!
Many thousands of Hoosiers are struggling to pay for the cost of prescription medicines they need for their health and survival. For example, one in four persons with diabetes who are dependent on insulin are forced to ration the medicine due to its ever-climbing price. The same vial of insulin that once cost less than $30 can now be priced as high as $300--without any change in the formula. New research shows that a vial of insulin can be manufactured for as little as $5, and the formula has been the same for decades. One in five Americans report not filling prescriptions or skipping their medicines each year because of the high cost. Hoosiers who are forced to go without prescribed medicines are risking severe health damage, up to and including death. It is time for Indiana to follow the lead of other states that have passed bipartisan legislation to require transparency in prescription drug pricing. State Representative Robin Shackleford has introduced legislation in Indiana that calls for a study of drug pricing transparency, and other legislators are proposing legislation aiming to lower prescription drug prices. So we call on Senator Charbonneau and Representative Kirchofer, as chairs of the health committees, to hold a hearing on those bills and advance them to passage. Let the people of Indiana be heard on this life-and-death issue!  “Desperate Families Drive to Black Market Insulin,” NBC News (April 25, 2017), https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/desperate-families-driven-black-market-insulin-n730026  Ed Silverman, “Insulin Prices Could be Much Lower and Drug Makers Would Still Make Healthy Profits,” STAT (September 25, 2018), https://www.statnews.com/pharmalot/2018/09/25/insulin-prices-profits-diabetes/  The Commonwealth Fund, “Trends in U.S. Health Coverage,” (September 2017), https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/surveys/2017/feb/trends-us-health-coverage-gains-and-gaps  Center for State Rx Drug Pricing, “Comparison of State Transparency Laws,” https://nashp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TransparencyChart_-6_29_2018.pdf
Bring transparency to insulin prices in Kentucky!
Join KOI#insulin4all in calling for action in Kentucky. Add your name, in addition to your city of residence in Kentucky, to this petition asking the Kentucky Legislature to raise legislation that requires transparency for insulin pricing starting with the list prices set by insulin manufacturers Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk. Many people with type 1 diabetes are being forced to ration their insulin, and an increasing number of people have died because they could not afford it. Without their essential insulin, people with diabetes die quickly and painfully. In April of 2018, chef Seely Wetherell from Newport, KY was reported to have passed away after being forced to ration his insulin supply while in between insurance plans. This is not an isolated incident. ● The price of some decades-old insulin has increased over 1000% since 1996.● The cost for one vial of Humalog insulin is currently around $280.● Even with insurance, people are paying an average of at least $210 per month for insulin alone and up to 50% of their annual income on diabetes costs. In June of 2017, Nevada became the first state to pass a bi-partisan insulin price transparency bill, SB539. Other states have followed with similar bi-partisan price transparency legislation. While being dependent on insulin for survival is a life-long challenge, paying for insulin should not be. Insulin is just as vital as oxygen. Every human needs insulin to survive. The lives of Kentuckians who must inject insulin daily to survive are being held hostage by increasing prices. Help us continue to live long and healthy lives with affordable insulin as we start to unravel the mystery of insulin prices with data from price transparency legislation!