Diabetes patients see insulin price skyrocket

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Nearly 30 million people have diabetes in America, and the price for the lifesaving drug insulin tripled in a 10-year period.

Now, some patients are finding the drug has jumped in price again.

“I went to pick up my prescription where I always do, and for the last six or seven months, it has been $106. Yesterday, it was $593. I said, ‘What? There is no way it jumped that much.’ And she said, ‘Yes, all diabetes medicine jumped on September 30’,” Robin Kann of Lancaster County said.

Kann now has to pay over $1,000 for two diabetes prescriptions per month. That’s on top of the $700 monthly insurance premium her and her husband pay.

“I didn’t get it, I left it there. Tomorrow I take my last dose,” she said. “I’m out of it as of tomorrow and I have no idea what to do. Do I go pay $593 and keep myself alive or do I stop taking the medication because I can’t afford it?”

The American Diabetes Association would not comment on why the drug costs are increasing or who they believe is responsible. The group did issue a statement that read, in part, “As an advocate for all people affected by diabetes, we strongly encourage transparency by all parties in their pricing policies as well as continued dialogue across the diabetes marketplace, in public policy and in the private sector, to develop lasting, affordable solutions.”

The association also offered advice on how to handle the bills. We provided some links below. Patients can also call 1-800-DIABETES.

Additional information is available through the following sites:

Additionally, WellSpan Health in York County offers meetings and assistance. You can find out more here: https://www.wellspan.org/programs-services/all-wellspan-services-(a-z)/diabetes-education/

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