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In the latest sign of anger over the cost of insulin, the Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday filed a lawsuit accusing the three largest manufacturers — Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk — with deceptively raising prices, the first state to go to court over the issue.

“Insulin is a life-or-death drug for people with diabetes,” said Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson in a statement. “Many people can’t afford the price hikes but can’t afford to stop taking the medication either.” As an example, the lawsuit cited the Lantus insulin sold by Sanofi, which cost $99.35 for a 10-milliliter vial in 2010, now costs $269.54.

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  • I just paid $100 for a 30 day supply of Humalog for my son. This is out of control find a cure and stop paying these drug companies.

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  • As a fellow Nurse, I agree we need to do the right thing, and make all medications affordable for Veterans, Low income ,homeless, disabled, and those with Chronic/Life threatening diseases!!

  • Im a brittle type 1 diabetic and there was a time I didn’t have insurance and I couldn’t afford to get insulin because how expensive it is I ended up going without insulin for inly 9 hours when I ended up in the hospital in dka I was in a come for 6 days. Insulin should not be expensive. It’s life or death.

  • I use Novalog and Tresiba and they are way too expensive. It would be fun to write out a check for something fun for myself instead of this high priced insulin. Without it, I will die. Not much of a choice, is it?

  • Every State should do the same!!!! Sued them from the beginning when prices went sky high!

  • I’m not a diabetic but am a nurse. There ought be a law against price gouging. Is it lawful to buy insulin from another country such as Canada until this gets settled in a court???? These poor people cannot pay such outrageous prices for insulin. I hope other states follow suit . Maybe you can google pharmacies in Canada to see if you can get your insulin there. Just an idea.

  • I hope big government makes a change for all 50 states! You are doing everyone such a huge miracle! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring so much about my life saving insulin. You’re not only saving my life, but my future Children’s and millions of others lives too! It’s not a choice for type one diabetics! Price gouging insulin is MURDER!

  • YAY! You GO, Minnesota! In fact, why not make this a ‘class action’ suit, to include ALL states, fighting for ALL people needing any & all prescribed medications…because they (pharmacy industry) are ALL deliberately & greedily ‘Price Gouging’ which should be illegal since people’s health & actual lives are dependent on such prescribed meds.
    “Insulin is a life-or-death drug for people with diabetes,” said Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson in a statement. “Many people can’t afford the price hikes but can’t afford to stop taking the medication either.” As an example, the lawsuit cited the Lantus insulin sold by Sanofi, which cost $99.35 (and that already included a hefty profit!) for a 10-milliliter vial in 2010, now costs $269.54.”
    **”After analyzing expenses for ingredients, production, and delivery, among other things, the researchers contend that the price for a YEAR’S SUPPLY of human insulin could be $48 to $71 a person and between $78 and $133 for analog insulins, which are genetically altered forms that are known as rapid or long-acting treatments. Examples of analog insulins include Humalog, Lantus, and Novolog.”

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