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Sanofi's Lantus is Overpatented and Overpriced

Sanofi's Lantus is Overpatented and Overpriced

The diabetes community knows the sting of high drug prices. Over the years, the prices of essential insulin has increased at an alarming rate, requiring patients to jump through higher hoops and make more difficult decisions to keep up with costs. But how did we reach the point where so many people with diabetes cannot afford the medicines they need? Our new report on Lantus may provide some insight. Read more

Standing Up For My Daughter at Eli Lilly

Standing Up For My Daughter at Eli Lilly

I am not normally an angry or bitter person, but I am a mother who will fight for her children to the end. It infuriates me to tears to think that my child, or anyone’s child, has to pay extortionate prices for a medication that keeps them alive, especially a medication that is very inexpensive to manufacture. Read more

BCG Vaccine, A Safe and Affordable Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

BCG Vaccine, A Safe and Affordable Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

Reduced insulin equates to reduced cost, but more importantly, a return of blood sugars to the near normal range without hypoglycemia will eliminate complications in the short term. Reduction of complications in the long term can remove future financial burdens from both individuals and governments. Read more

Raising My Voice at Eli Lilly

Raising My Voice at Eli Lilly

The whole experience of the demonstration showed me that I am not alone. My voice was heard. My daughter said throughout the day that she met great people. She also networked and built relationships with others who are supporting family members or close friends with diabetes, just as she supports me, and it showed her that we are all going through this battle together. We all have voices that matter. Read more

Pamoja Advocacy Training in Ghana

Pamoja Advocacy Training in Ghana

‘Pamoja’ is a Swahili word that means together. This was the underpinning spirit of the advocacy training. Pamoja advocates worked together on education-focused advocacy goals throughout the training. Goals are country-specific, but similar enough that sharing and support can happen between all the advocates from each of the five countries. Read more

Why I Protest to Fight for #insulin4all

Why I Protest to Fight for #insulin4all

I could not be more pleased with my experience at last year’s #insulin4all demonstration. I met so many wonderful advocates who joined me in asking for insulin pricing transparency. I now consider many of them close friends. Because of my participation I am now part of KOI#insulin4all, a grassroots volunteer advocacy group asking for insulin pricing transparency in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. What began last year as a “Should I go?” this year has become “I wouldn’t miss it!”. I invite you to join us this year in taking a stand. Read more

My Experience as an Intern for T1International

My Experience as an Intern for T1International

In this instance I was glad to get to know all the advocacy that T1International carries out for and with people with type 1 diabetes. Working with T1International and seeing the good they can do through their social media accounts alone has proven to be really inspiring. It was great to see how one charity, through all its projects, can make such a step towards a better life for those with type 1 diabetes. Read more

Crossing Borders to Afford Insulin

Crossing Borders to Afford Insulin

I certainly learned a lot buying insulin in Tijuana, but the most powerful lesson by far was that I have options, and so do other diabetics. They are not always easy, and they may take some creativity, resourcefulness, and gas money, but this is at least one more anecdotal report of an American going elsewhere for their insulin. Read more

For Life with less Pain in Croatia

For Life with less Pain in Croatia

Our initiative had no funding and we used social media to communicate effectively. We achieved our goal thanks to the persistence of people living with diabetes coming together to make a change! Read more

 A Parent's Perspective on Struggling with Insulin Costs

A Parent's Perspective on Struggling with Insulin Costs

I am not insulin dependent. My daughter Hattie has type 1 diabetes, and shares her story of using another person’s insulin. She lives with the condition day in and day out, but I – like so many others – live under the strain of the financial and emotional turmoil caused by the essential need for my family to get and afford insulin. Read more