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The High Cost of Insulin in the United States Is there a solution?


Insulin is different from regular drugs. It is mainly a hormone released by the body to control blood sugar levels. Increased sugar levels can cause loss of vision, decreased concentration, nausea, failure of advanced body functions
Decreasing it may cause heart function, mood swings, and fainting
in general

Our bodies produce the amounts of insulin they need
But patients with type 1 diabetes receive insulin doses in an injection and buy them from the pharmacy ... if they can afford them



Ironically, in 1923, when insulin appeared for the first time, the cost of the dose was only one dollar, motivated to keep this basic treatment affordable to everyone.

Now, the average price of a single insulin dose is $ 300, and the market controls three major brands

That is, the price of the dose increased by more than 1,000 percent, with inflation levels taken into account

The stories of Americans who are behind the price of insulin, and sometimes die for it, are leading the headlines across the country

Perhaps the most famous of them was the story of Alec Smith, 26, who died in 2017 less than a month after dropping out of his mother's health insurance. Although he worked full-time and exceeded his minimum wage, he was unable to buy an independent health insurance system or save $ 1,000 a month to buy insulin doses

?Who is to blame
Most patients refer to the greed of pharmaceutical companies, which in turn points to problems with government regulations and health insurance providers.

But there is a complicated mystery to see who pays the price of insulin in the United States, and to what extent

And highlights five terms in any discussion about the price of insulin



Original price: It is put by the pharmaceutical company, which patients suffer without insurance

Net Price: The profit earned by the company from the property

Negotiation price: The discounts that health insurance companies receive for the property

Joint payments: These are paid by the insured person - in addition to what the insurance company pays - in return for the property

A deposit: may be up to ten thousand dollars, which is the number of insurance policies that need to be paid before the insurer pay the remaining amount

Insurance companies add third-party negotiators, called pharmacies managers, to discounts from drug manufacturers, leading to the addition of co-payments by recipients. Experts say part of the problem lies in the lack of transparency about how to reach the price of negotiation, and the price already paid by the patient

This system also means that insurance providers receive different prices from each pharmaceutical company. For example, one of the insulin brands may end up being subject to joint payments with an insurance company, while at the original price of another company

But drug manufacturers say very few people have to pay for the full price of insulin

Prices of major brands of insulin increased by 252 percent between 2007 and 2016, according to a report by the American Diabetes Association and the Center for Health Policies and Economics at the University of Southern California. While the net price grew by a further 57 percent



There are cheaper insulin options in the United States, such as the Walmart brand, produced by Novo Nordisk at $ 25 per dose. But the formula is older, less effective, and causes sensitivity to some patients

Here is another factor in the debate about insulin prices
Each combination is different in its effect on each patient
 It may take years for a patient with type 1 diabetes to find a type and dose that suits him

Many patients said they had to change the type of insulin because of the insurance plans, even if the doctor's recommendations were violated, to avoid the original price of the type they used to

Companies began to face some pressure, following ongoing hearings on drug prices

We wish you health and wellness

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