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Animal Insulin Withdrawal: Lessons for Patient Advocates Today

Animal Insulin Withdrawal: Lessons for Patient Advocates Today

Canadians, too, are struggling with the rising cost of insulin therapy, as James Elliott has noted. This situation has come about in part because governments have given 100% control of the supply of insulin to global manufacturers, three of which now control 95% of the world market. Read more

Insulin and Education Challenges in Bolivia

Insulin and Education Challenges in Bolivia

In Bolivia we don´t receive any kind of help from the government to manage our diabetes. Each patient does what they can, but it is often not enough. Everyone must pay for the necessary supplies by themselves. This is a real problem for people who do not have enough resources. Read more

HIV/AIDS and Diabetes Care in Malawi

HIV/AIDS and Diabetes Care in Malawi

Most Malawians don’t know what diabetes is. Rural Malawi, which makes up 75% of the population, has the highest diabetes incidence in Africa. Many are ignorant of the symptoms, or attribute them to witchcraft. For example, someone can have a swollen leg and they will believe they made to step on a “magic pin”. Many turn to traditional healers. Sadly, most cases go to the hospitals at a late stage and some don’t even make it that far. Read more

T1International at the UN UHC Multi-stakeholder Hearing

T1International at the UN UHC Multi-stakeholder Hearing

In particular, we call on pharmaceutical companies to show up with true solutions, not the same empty rhetoric. We are dying. There are solutions. It is times to protect rights of health and treatment for people living with diabetes and all those in desperate need of essential medicine – a vital part of health for all. Read more

Traveling to Canada for Cheaper Insulin

Traveling to Canada for Cheaper Insulin

I believe if enough people use their voice and demand change, one day I’ll be able to make a simple 10 minute drive to get my medication rather than a two day journey. Until then, I’ll keep digging for loopholes while fighting for long-term solutions, so that I can live my life as normal as possible. Everyone with type 1 diabetes should be able to focus on caring for their condition without extra unnecessary hoops to jump through. Read more

Case Studies from Kenya

Case Studies from Kenya

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in my early 20's, just when I was preparing to join college. Things turned upside down at that time because my parents could not afford to take me to college and at the same time pay for my insulin and all the tests required. I never went to college because of the costs associated with my diabetes. Read more

New Year, New Deductible: Paying $1,000 each Month to Stay Alive

New Year, New Deductible: Paying $1,000 each Month to Stay Alive

I’m thrilled to see the recent buzz in the media concerning the high insulin costs many diabetics face daily in the USA. I’ve required insulin multiple times a day for 33+ years and I have a high deductible insurance policy which means medical costs, including prescriptions, aren't covered until the deductible is met. I paid $1,003.91 for insulin this month. That cost is what I paid with insurance and a $150 discount card. I pay high amounts during the first few months of every year until I meet my deductible. Read more

Fighting in Micah's Memory

Fighting in Micah's Memory

Micah rationed his Novalog not only because it made him sick, but because he had difficulty affording both it and the Humalog. As a result of his rationing, Micah ended up in a diabetic coma from which he could not be revived, despite hours of efforts by many medical staff. He died that night at the age of 26. Read more

Losing Meaghan to the Perfect Storm

Losing Meaghan to the Perfect Storm

The perfect storm does not warn you that it will be different than any other you have weathered. On top of her other worries, the company that produced the insulin pump Meaghan was using had recently gone out of business. Without a job or insurance, it was impossible to purchase supplies, much less a different pump. At the time, Meaghan had two short term jobs but had not had them long enough to get insurance. She had another job lined up to start the week after Christmas and she would have been okay. She wasn't.
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T1International Year in Review: 2018

T1International Year in Review: 2018

This is truly only a highlight of our proudest achievements this year, but we have worked in countless other ways to support advocacy and further our mission. We’ve held other meetings, created new resources, covered issues in new countries, been featured as Price fighting Heroes, and we are a partner in the exciting OPEN Project, adding a global access and affordability perspective to an exploration of DIY technology. Read more