“My brother suffered ketoacidosis because he could not afford his insulin. Like so many others, his insulin costs were out of control. For both his long term and short term insulin he was paying about $1,500 a month. On a fixed income, high drug prices are literally a matter of life and death. My brother had not told anyone he was struggling to afford his insulin and was trying to control his diabetes through diet alone, which is a dangerous and deadly practice.
I am the only one he can depend on for support now. I have my own set of health issues that I deal with, but the role of a caregiver is almost a full-time job and my brother’s needs always come first. If insulin were more affordable, both of our lives would be stress-free –– both for him as a patient and me as a caretaker. It is a huge burden not knowing if you will be able to afford your medication each month. No one should have to experience those feelings.”
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