The risky game one doctor plays to find affordable insulin: WBUR

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The  risky game one doctor plays to find affordable insulin: WBUR

“When Larry Rose filled his prescription for Lantus last year, and his copay came in at $400, he knew something had to change,” Martha Bebinger writes over at WBUR public radio in Boston. “Just three months earlier, a 90-day supply of the popular insulin brand had only cost him $15. Rose hurried in to see his […]

“Insulin is too expensive for many of my patients. It doesn’t have to be”: The Washington Post

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“Insulin is too expensive for many of my patients. It doesn’t have to be”: The Washington Post

“At age 15, I suddenly felt an unquenchable thirst and began urinating frequently. I lost 20 pounds. I had developed Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that destroyed my body’s ability to produce insulin,” Dr. David M. Tridgell wrote at The Washington Post not long ago. “Without insulin, I would have eventually developed a condition […]

Making Insulin Affordable: Foreign Affairs

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Making Insulin Affordable:  Foreign Affairs

James Elliott is convinced that the statistics describing the prevalence of type 1 diabetes are misleading,” Fran Quigley writes in Foreign Affairs. “’People say that there is little or no type 1 diabetes in poor countries,’ he says. ‘But that is because all of the people who had it are dead.’ Elliott, a health researcher […]

You Can Buy Insulin Without A Prescription, But Should You? | Kaiser Health News

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Summary: “As anyone who needs insulin to treat diabetes can tell you, that usually means regular checkups at the doctor’s office to fine-tune the dosage, monitor blood-sugar levels and check for complications. But here’s a little known fact: Some forms of insulin can be bought without a prescription,” writes Sarah Jane Tribble on Kaiser Health […]

How much do diabetic test strips cost? Our new PriceCheck project

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Summary: Managing chronic conditions like diabetes can be  costly, even if you have insurance. We’re starting a segment in our PriceCheck project to crowdsource the price of a common diabetic supply, the test strip. This is the fourth item in our PriceCheck series; the first three were mammograms, MRI’s, and IUD’s. You can not only […]