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Response to airmid (Original post)

Fri Jan 26, 2018, 07:57 AM

5. If we can't "kill 'em with guns" let's deny them medicine

Many Type 1 (insulin dependent diabetics) who CANNOT live without insulin, are being priced out of the market. It seems you only have the "right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" if you can pay for it. A diabetic specialist offered a rant that merely supports what the author here contends--we're a sick country and getting sicker. In part, he said:

"I recently went with a friend to a Walmart pharmacy as he needed his insulin. His regimen included bedtime NPH insulin. I had a lengthy discussion with the pharmacist, a new graduate. He told me how almost daily someone comes in to pick up their insulin with a cost of over $1000. Of course, many canít afford that and need to walk away without the medication.
"Of course, insulin isnít the only critical medication that has become unaffordable to many.Although the cost of many generic medications has received a lot of publicity and scrutiny, the reality is old drugs such as digoxin, conjugated estrogen, and colchicine are now too expensive for low- or middle-income patients and their families. Now patients are telling me they need to change statins because, as with branded drugs, costs have increased and insurers only have one or two on their formularies. Average wholesale price (AWP) for 90 tablets of generic atorvastatin is now $519 (non-generic Lipitor is $1405!).4 This is upsetting to many as we were told prior to the 2016 election, by both parties, that drug price control would be a priority.

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