Three Examples of How People Are Dying Because They Can’t Afford Drugs

Alternet gives three examples in which the high price of drugs is literally killing people in the U.S.

1. Insulin.

“The high price of insulin causes many people with diabetes to stretch out their doses and gamble with their lives by going without the medicine for stretches of time… Lack of insulin access is an immediate life or death situation for people with type 1 diabetes, and some people with type 2 diabetes. Despite this, the price of insulin has risen unwaveringly in the last 100 years.”

2. Cancer treatment medication.

“According to the average numbers, at least 1.5 million Americans will receive a cancer diagnosis in 2018, and hundreds of thousands of those people won’t be able to afford their prescribed medications.”

3. Heart disease medication.

“Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., but just as with diabetes, cancer and other illnesses, heart disease patients often can’t afford the generic prescription medications to treat the disease.”

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