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.

MOTHER’S DAY 2018 – Our five-foot tall Mother’s Day cards asked that no more sons or daughters die because they can’t afford their insulin. We got 5,000 people to sign them and made a delivery to the offices of an insulin manufacturer.

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:

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

 

Events

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

Resources

Contact

Contact us at organize@rightcarealliance.org.

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