Sign the Petition to Halt the Rising Price of Insulin
If you or a loved one takes insulin, you probably have felt the burden of the continually rising price of insulin. Unfortunately, there is no generic option for any insulin brand, according to the American Diabetes Association. And only three pharmaceutical companies produce insulin: Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk. The New York Times reports, “From 2010 to 2015, the price of Lantus (made by Sanofi) went up by 168 percent. The price of Levemir (made by Novo Nordisk) rose by 169 percent; and the price of Humulin R U-500 (made by Eli Lilly) soared by 325 percent.”
Due to the price of insulin, diabetic patients are being forced to forego their needed daily insulin medication or to ration it. Both of these practices are very dangerous, perhaps fatal. Diabetics who go without the needed insulin are at risk for blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart disease or stroke.
Other patients are trying to save up to buy their insulin by not spending money on necessities like food or heating their homes.
In November, 2016, the American Diabetes Association started a petition calling on all the companies involved in the supply chain and manufacture of insulin “to increase transparency and to ensure that no person with diabetes is denied affordable access to insulin.”
Sign the Petition
Why not lend your voice to this cause, whether or not you use insulin? You probably know several people who have diabetes. 29 million Americans have diabetes presently, and more are not yet diagnosed. Go sign the petition at StopDiabetes.com.
In addition, the American Diabetes Association is calling on Congress to hold hearings. They’re hoping to get all of the companies involved to explain the reasons for the extreme increases in insulin prices.
It’s time to express your concern about making insulin affordable for all who need it.
It is actually a matter of life or death for them.