Many Diabetic Americans Need Help Paying for Insulin
Updated: Mar 5
Are you struggling to afford your insulin? Do you feel taken advantage of by drug manufacturer’s predatory pricing?
Insulin Prices are Inhumane
In the last 60 years, insulin has gone from about 75 cents to $250+ - an increase of nearly 43 times the rate of the U.S. Consumer Price Index inflation.
"This is price gouging - unreasonably increasing prices to take advantage of a consumer’s demand. In this case, that demand is your own life.”
Pay or Face Health Consequences
And what are you supposed to do? Not pay for it? Yeah right! If you need insulin shots, that’s not an option.
People who have diabetes need help to control their blood sugar. If your body doesn't produce enough insulin on its own, you may require insulin shots. And of the 35 million Americans who have diabetes (Type 1 & 2), about a third require insulin to manage their disease.
Insulin shots help prevent high blood sugar and life-threatening conditions such as kidney problems and even diabetic coma. In the long run, making sure you take your insulin shots prevents serious health problems. So, if you can not afford insulin, then you are at higher risk for health problems in the future. According to Dr. Aluri -
“Diabetes is a condition expected to gradually progress over time. If type 2 diabetes goes untreated, high blood sugar can affect various cells and organs in the body. Complications include kidney damage, often leading to dialysis, eye damage, which could result in blindness, or an increased risk for heart disease or stroke. Unfortunately, the effects of high blood sugars are not limited to this.”
Chronic conditions, like neuropathy (nerve damage), gastroparesis (issues with stomach emptying) can also develop. Diabetes mellitus, Dr. Aluri says, could kill someone if not diagnosed and managed properly. Extremely high blood glucose can even lead to coma (hyperosmolar hyperglycemic non-ketotic state).
It's not right
The bottom line is greedy pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of you. This is price gouging - unreasonably increasing prices to take advantage of a consumer’s demand. In this case, that demand is your own life.
This is wrong.
We created Good Shepherd Pharmacy to provide affordable and accessible medications to EVERYONE. Dubbed the “Pharmacy for the uninsured,” we’re here to help because we want to help. To date, we have dispensed over $20 million dollars worth of prescriptions to patients unable to afford them.
And we can help with your insulin, too. Head over here and get started with a free medication review.
If needed, we’ll even get you set up with a doctor via Telehealth.
Don’t go another day without your insulin. Let us help!
Dr. Phil Baker, Founder, Good Shepherd Health