WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of more than 290 lawmakers is throwing its support behind some of the drug industry’s least favorite proposals for bringing down the cost of insulin.

Parts of the report — released Thursday by the Congressional Diabetes Caucus — read like a laundry list of the drug industry’s worst fears: It pitches everything from legislation requiring drug companies to disclose how they set their prices to legislation that dings drug makers who can’t prove that a new version of insulin is more effective than an older one.

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  • I am so hoping you can get insulin prices under control.. This is an outrage, where you have to ration due to costs.. Some have even died !!!! I agree the middlemen are making the money and we need generics available for all drugs and cut them out as much as possible.

  • I AM A TYPE 2 DIABETIC. I HAVE HAD DIABETES FOR THE PAST 35 YEARS. I HAVE SEEN THE PRICE OF LANTUS INSULIN GO FROM $35.00 PER VIAL TO MY LAST MONTH PURCHASE OF LANTUS AT $272.00. I HAVE TO NOW MAKE A CHOICE FOR NEXT MONTH AS TO WHETHER I BUY MY INSULIN OR BUY MY FOOD. THAT IS A HORRIBLE CHOICE TO HAVE TO MAKE AS A SENIOR CITIZEN IN THESE UNITED STATES.

  • My son is Type 1. I don’t understand a life saving medication that costs so much when before it was completely affordable. This is not right. Insulin life or death for diabetics. Especially Type 1. Please something must be done. The stress of having to deal with diabetes is only compounded by the stress of wondering if you can afford the medication to literally keep you alive.
    Something has to change. There is no more time for discussions.

  • I was diagnosed as type 2 last year, my weight was 125kg, my doctor wanted me to start insulin and encouraged a diet with an alarming amount of carbs, so I went to boots and bought a blood sugar tester that I used every day, and started on a Atkins type diet. I.e no carbs….. and when I say no carbs I really mean none. So lots of meats and fish, eggs etc. I also got some useful information here http://mydiabetesway.com/7-steps-to-health-and-the-big-diabetes-lie-review I gradually started loosing weight at a rate of 3kg per month and Im now 94kg, I have never taken insulin and in a few months I will be my target weight. my lifestyle can never go back to carbs, but I can have some nowerdays without my blood sugar increasing, so if I want a curry I can have a Nan bread with it but no rice chips etc. And to be honest when you cut out carbs you can eat a lot of really tasty things that help lose weight a fry up without the beans is fine, lamb chops and kebabs without the bread etc. The only downside is because of the extra fat intake I need to be doing daily cardio. I really believe doctors are offered too many incentives by drug companies and tend to love writing prescriptions instead of encouraging a positive change in our lifestyles.

    • I’m glad you’re feeling better but insulin is necessary for life. A type 1 diabetic does not make insulin, if you are type 1 your choices are injecting insulin or dying. Something has to be done so injecting insulin is an affordable choice.