NPR asks: Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.?


Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.?

Dr. Jeremy Greene sees a lot of patients with diabetes thats out of control.

In fact, he says, sometimes their blood sugar is so high that you cant even record the number on their glucometer.

Greene, a professor of medicine and history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, started asking patients at his clinic in Baltimore why they had so much trouble keeping their blood sugar stable. He was shocked by their answer: the high cost of insulin.

Greene decided to call some local pharmacies, to ask about low-cost options. He was told no such options existed.