High insulin costs are killing Americans

No one with diabetes should die because they can’t afford their insulin. It’s a medicine that can be produced for just a few dollars… but manufacturers Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk mark up the price as much as 5,000 percent and there are seven million Americans with diabetes that have no choice but to pay.

The price is so high that people are doing desperate things to get by, like using expired insulin, relying on crowdfunding to pay their bills, or taking less insulin than they need in an effort to ration their supplies. Rationing is extremely dangerous and can lead to a deadly condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis. Three people died in 2017 while rationing their insulin.

News

VIDEO: Gainesville Diabetes Awareness Fair

On November 4th, the Gainesville, FL chapter of the Right Care Alliance collaborated with the University of Florida Diabetes Institute to hold a Diabetes Awareness Fair near City Hall. The fair included music, speakers, and educational tables, to raise awareness … Read more

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STAT News covers of Right Care Alliance members Antroinette Worsham and Myranda Pierce:

Bernie Sanders video featuring Right Care Alliance protest and Nicole Smith-Holt:

Dr. Vikas Saini on Yahoo Unfiltered: ‘There’s a sort of black market in insulin’:

Brittany Smith, Antroinette Worsham, and Dr. Vikas Saini on WGBH Greater Boston:

A MESSAGE from Dr. Vikas Saini, co-chair of the Right Care Alliance:

Our work is featured in the remarks of US REPRESENTATIVE JAN SCHAKOWSKY:

CBS Boston coverage of Sanofi protest featuring Nicole Smith-Holt and Antroinette Worsham

We’re planning direct actions against Big Pharma. Will you join us?

 

Friends of the movement

Check out these partners in the fight for affordable insulin:

  • T1 International– an international non-profit that supports local communities to organize for accessible insulin
  • #insulin4all – a grassroots movement for affordable and accessible movement
  • T1 Diabetes Journey – a type 1 diabetes advocacy and support organization that raises awareness and educate communities about type 1 diabetes, and raises money for prescription assistance
  • Universities Allied for Essential Medicines – a global student organization that works to influence policies at universities in order to ensure that products of biomedical research and development are made available to and affordable to the people who need them most
  • People of Faith for Access to Medicines – a faith-based movement that conducts outreach, education, and organizing to make essential medicines affordable

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Contact

Contact us at organize@rightcarealliance.org.

Media inquiries should be directed to aaron@rightcarealliance.org.