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Monday, October 17, 2016

insulin costs too much

luckily most patients with diabetes now
dont have to take insulin
they can use diet and exercise
oral medications
some are generic which make cost as little as 31 cents a pill
some though arent generic
like some newer ones which are much more expensive

Image result for vial of insulin

then some diabetics
have to take insulin
they have to have this stuff to survive
without it they will die

the price of insulin which as been around for years and years
has gone from
$4.34 per milliliter to $12.92 per milliliter over a recent 10 year period
thats $231 a patient a year to $736 a patient a year

so if you dont have a drug plan or like some medicare patients
if you hit that infamous donut hole
where you pay for all your drugs for awhile
thats a big price change

almost like air food and water
if you are dependent on insulin
you have to have it to live
without it you
either die quickly
you die real slowly

things like
kidney dialysis
heart attacks
are in your near future

those of us in the medical fields or those of you with family members
affected by this disease
have seen it up close
they we know what will happen

now medicare is not allowed to negotiate drug prices
va can
your private insurance companies can and do
there is no incentive from the pharmaceutical companies
to lower their prices
think of the epipen folks
they have a dominant market on a drug that saves lives

yes i have saved lives injecting epipens in folks
to get one
if you dont pay the high price you dont get the drug

seems not fair
probably no other industrialized country operates this way
thats right
no other one does

in california
this year
there is a proposition that basically says

the state can not pay more for a drug than
what the va pays for it

you see
the va gets to negotiate prices with big pharma
like canada and other countries already do

this is a big proposition
what happens in california will spread across the country
you can be sure the us congress wont do anything about this
big pharma money

it looks like big pharma and friends are spending close to
$87,000,000 to defeat it
the opposition to these guys are spending close to

hopefully not like congress
the california voters will overwhelmingly vote
for this proposition
if you live in california
what you pay for insulin will go back down
to where it should be
if you live elsewhere
if you are a diabetic on insulin
pay up or die

the organicgreen doctor

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