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Affordable Insulin? Yeah Right!

Daniel Paull MD had a 19 year old type I diabetic female who he discovered wasn't taking any insulin because she couldn't afford it.

April 22, 2024

Dr. Daniel Paull is an orthopedic surgeon who’s figured out how to work a private practice in his field. He’s also a regular contributor to our magazine, here at SoMeDocs.

I recently read a post of his, about a patient on insulin. I decided to reach out and ask him about it.

 

Can you tell us about a recent post that got you mad?

I had a 19 year old type I diabetic female who I discovered wasn’t taking any insulin because she couldn’t afford it.

She was employed, and she did have an option to purchase insurance through her employer, but she said that she couldn’t afford it.

She also couldn’t afford Medicaid because she made too much money.

 

Please explain the implication of not taking insulin.

For those not in the medical field, not taking insulin as a type I diabetic is extremely dangerous.

Their body doesn’t produce it, so they need to take it.

 

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Is insulin a new medication?

Insulin was discovered in 1921, the drug is now over 100 years old.

And yet it is still unaffordable for many who really need it.

 

Why is such an old medication so expensive?

In the world of medicine there is a strange thing where technologies get more expensive as they age, not less expensive like most other things.

Computers and TVs have gone way down in price, but insulin has only gone up.

 

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Who is responsible for this?

Pharmaceutical companies. They have had a stranglehold on our country for quite some time.

They claim to be benevolent and wanting to help people, but that is hard to believe with all of their price gouging and patent gaming.

Patients shouldn’t have to chose between paying their rent or a drug that has was invented during the Harding administration.

(Read Ahmed Otokiti, MD, MBA, MPH’s Pharmaceutical Companies are Responsible for Creating Prescription Mills)

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