Is The Cost Of Insulin Killing People In America?


The American individuals who rely on insulin to keep their Type 1 or insulin-dependent diabetes in control are finding it hard to cope with the increasing cost of insulin. A new study has claimed that the cost of insulin has increased over three times in that last 10 years. The study has also found that since 2010, the per-person spending of a diabetic individual in the US was far more than spending on all other drugs meant to control blood sugar. The research team, from the University of Melbourne in Australia, believes that there should be a tool to assess the effectiveness of insulin against the actual outcome in terms of improved health outcomes. The team says that the price rise is justified only when there is an improvement in the condition of an individual. New Diabetes Treatment To Stop Insulin Injections, Cure Disease Up To 6 Months Senior study author, Philip Clarke, says that one of the reasons behind the significant increase in price rise is the shift from human to analog insulin. The latter is expensive, however, they claim to offer additional benefits than traditional human insulin.Like us on Facebook During the study, Clarke and his team collaborated with a team of researchers from the University of Michigan. The team then looked at the data for 28,000 people suffering with diabetes in the United States and tried to figure out what they and their insurance companies paid for insulin between the years 2002 and 2013. Some of the medications considered were glitazones, metformin, sulfonylureas, GLP-1 receptor agonists and GLP-1 receptor agonists. The team found that between 2002 and 2013, the cost of insulin rose from $231 a year per patient to $736. In addition, the average consumption of insulin increased from 171 to 206 milliliters. The per-milliliter cost of insulin also escalated from $4.34 to $12.92 during the same period. The complete details of the study have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Photo Sources: Pixabay, Flickr