The Insulin Price Crisis in the U.S.A.

Insulin is as necessary to a person with type 1 diabetes as oxygen is to any human being, and there are over 7 million Americans that rely on injected insulin to stay alive and healthy.

  • Since the 1990s, the cost of insulin has increased over 1,200%, yet the cost of production for a vial of analog insulin is between $3.69 and $6.16.
  • Spending by patients with type 1 diabetes on insulin nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016, increasing from $2900 to $5700.
  • A study of rising drug prices over the decade ending in 2018 found that list prices of insulins increased by 262%, with net prices increasing by 51%.
  • One of every four patients with type 1 diabetes has had to ration their insulin due to cost. Many have died.

This crisis is forcing patients to resort to drastic measures to stay alive. Countless people have to choose between buying their essential insulin and paying their rent, buying food, or other unthinkable sacrifices

T1International and patient advocates have been working on insulin access and affordability issues since 2013. We will keep raising our voices to ensure we are heard! If the millions of Americans that are insulin dependent speak up, insulin manufacturers and government representatives will take action to ensure insulin is affordable and accessible for all.

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