California: Insulin For All

California: Insulin For All

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I started taking insulin in 1974 when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11.  I started using NPH and Regular insulin that worked well in the 1970's.  Over the years, better, more effective insulin came to market.  Unfortunately, they also cost more.  Last year, I lost my health insurance for a short time that covered my Humalog insulin that I used in my insulin pump.  I resorted back to using NPH and Regular for a while, but I could not use it in my insulin pump.  Humalog cost retail about $200.00 a bottle that I could not afford.  I used NPH and Regular for a while. 

Using older NPH and Regular insulin from the seventies is like listening to music on a scratchy vinyl record album.  You can hear the music, but it is not as good as listening to music on your MP3 player.

Insulin isn’t just a drug. It’s the difference between life and death for millions of people with diabetes – and it’s something they will need every day for the rest of their lives.

When you or someone you love needs insulin and cannot afford it, the choices are scary. With the average price of insulin skyrocketing in recent years – nearly tripling between 2002 and 2013 – more and more of our family members, our friends, our neighbors and ourselves are faced with tough choices to pay for this lifesaving drug.

Insulin is not a luxury drug. It’s not optional. It’s something we need, and the prices just keep going up. There’s a lot of support in the diabetes community, but at the end of the day you’re still the one living with it and it’s your life that’s at stake. That’s scary.”

We demand all entities in the insulin supply chain that we need transparency, affordability and access, and that no one who relies on insulin should have to wonder if they’ll be able to afford it, and;
We want Congress to hold hearings to identify the reasons for the dramatic increases in insulin prices and to take action to ensure all people who need insulin have affordable access to this lifesaving medication.

This is unacceptable. It’s time to stand together and call for change.We demand passage and Support of H.R. 4906 "Insulin Price Reduction Act".