To put a cap on insulin in West Virginia

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I am a diabetic. I was officially diagnosed at the age of 18. Just a few years ago the cost of my insulin was around $100 a month now the cost is around $1400 a month with insurance I still pay $372 a month (only for insulin) that price does not include my pump supplies, lancets , test strips or any other medications. That is a whopping $4800 a year out of pocket for insulin.

However, pricing elsewhere show that the high cost is not necessary. Canada price is $90 and Colorado recently passed a cap of $100. It’s time that West Virginia joins Colorado and puts a cap on this life saving drug.

The price of insulin has skyrocketed over the past few years, with the three manufacturers Eli Lilly , Sanofi, Novo Nordisk raising the list price of these products which have little to do with increased production costs.

In the United States these three pharmaceutical manufacturers hold the patent to produce insulin allowing them to drive up the cost.

Many diabetics have resorted to rationing their insulin, risking their lives everyday because they can not afford this medication. People are having to choose between taking their insulin or keeping a roof over their head and putting food on their table.

The insulin price cap in Colorado proves that it is possible for states to take control of insulin pricing and to save lives. It is time for West Virginia to join them in protecting our Mountaineers from avoidable health risks or death. I urge you to look into the legislation that Colorado passed as an example for West Virginia to follow.