Donate

#insulin4all USA

Losing Rachel, Our Only Daughter

Losing Rachel, Our Only Daughter

More education is needed in our homes, schools, and with our doctors. I have learned that living in a rural area, awareness and education about type 1 diabetes and its symptoms are even less known and understood. Access to specialists in rural areas can be limited, which makes it even more likely that type 1 diabetes will go undiagnosed. I share Rachel’s story to educate others so that this doesn’t happen to another family. Read more

T1International Releases Report on Rationing and Cost Survey Data

T1International Releases Report on Rationing and Cost Survey Data

Results found that dangerous and potentially fatal insulin rationing is widespread globally, with 18.0% of all country respondents having rationed insulin at least once in the previous year. It also found that respondents from the USA paid more by the dollar for insulin than almost any other country and that 25.9% of U.S. respondents reported having rationed insulin in the previous year. This confirms similar findings from previous smaller-scale surveys that one of every four people in the United States have had to ration insulin. Read more

T1International at the Democratic Caucus Prescription Drug Prices Roundtable

T1International at the Democratic Caucus Prescription Drug Prices Roundtable

I appreciated the platform that myself and T1International were given to share our experiences and our clear requirements for any proposed solutions. I hope we will soon see a reduction in insulin costs to ensure it is truly affordable for everyone, and that is what we will continue to push for. Read more

T1International’s Advocates Plan Canada Trip to “Birthplace of Insulin”

On Friday, June 28, T1International #insulin4all advocates from the United States, in partnership with Health Care Voter, will join in a Caravan to Canada to purchase insulin at a significantly lower cost on the other side of the border. Advocates from T1International’s Minnesota #insulin4all Chapter will gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota and begin their journey. From there, the Chapter will travel to Lansing, Michigan to join the Michigan #insulin4all Chapter, with advocates from numerous other #insulin4all Chapters joining the caravan along the way. 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

Reminder: Eli Lilly Has Been Exploiting T1Ds Since 1922

Reminder: Eli Lilly Has Been Exploiting T1Ds Since 1922

The “business of diabetes” did not spontaneously emerge mid-century. Corporate stakeholders found underhanded ways to profit from diabetic lives before most affected individuals had even obtained their first injection. And now that Congress is investigating insulin manufacturers, it is important to acknowledge the full scope of their involvement. 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

T1International Statement on Lilly & Novo's ''Generic Insulin''

T1International Statement on Lilly & Novo's ''Generic Insulin''

Patient-led activism is working. Today Eli Lilly announced that in response to criticism of high prices, the company will sell a version of Humalog insulin for half price. We are pleased to see this result after continual and dedicated efforts by non-pharma funded patient advocates to ensure list price of insulin goes down. While half-price is an improvement, it's still an unaffordable price for so many, considering most people need at least 2 vials each month.
Read more

Hard Work Pays Off for #insulin4all Chapters [USA Update]

Hard Work Pays Off for #insulin4all Chapters [USA Update]

The #insulin4all USA Chapters are building a coordinated movement to ensure insulin is affordable and accessible to all people with type 1 diabetes. Their efforts are leading to real change at both the State and Federal level. 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