#insulin4all Action on U.S. Insulin Pricing
On Friday, September 8th, 2017, members of the #insulin4all community came together, in solidarity with the Lilly HQ protest, to make a series of calls to their representatives and senators at the federal and state level. We called to inform, educate and advocate for lowering insulin prices and increasing access in America. We let them know that the high prices being charged by Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly and Sanofi for a medicine necessary for survival are unacceptable.
To everyone who called, THANK YOU! We are so glad you took a stand. Every call made, every email or letter sent, means that your representative knows someone cares about the issue of insulin access and drug pricing. Please don't stop there. Keep up the calls and letters, and engage with other people locally to join you in the fight.
At T1International we will continue to work on these issues on a global scale. With your continued passion and energy, we can keep pushing this movement forward. We are a very small team with no full-time staff, so we will do our best to coordinate more demonstrations outside of Novo Nordisk and Sanofi, but we will need your help to make it happen!
One thing is for certain, we must keep raising our voices to ensure we are heard! If all six million Americans that are insulin dependent speak up, insulin manufacturers and government representatives will not be able to turn a blind eye to this crisis any longer.
Here’s what you can do to take action:
-Ask them to support specific legislation that would help end the insulin pricing crisis, and ask them to oppose any legislation that would make the crisis worse.
-Ask them to consider bringing forth legislation similar to SB539, which was recently passed and signed into law in Nevada.
-Most importantly, tell them that the price of insulin in America is too high. Ask them to do whatever they can do to bring unaffordable costs down and ensure all diabetics have access to the insulin they need.
-Tell them about the protest happening on September 9th and ask them if they will voice their support. See below for some facts you can offer to help them understand the issue.