Yesterday, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) launched a new website for their Make Insulin Affordable campaign. With an entire website devoted to this timely issue in the United States, visitors can learn about the issue, read the ADA’s proposed next steps, sign a petition in support, and share a story about their difficulty affording insulin.
We at Diabetes Hands Foundation and Diabetes Advocates support ADA’s asks to:
- Start with transparency from all in the insulin supply chain;
- Use that information to work towards affordability and access so all those who need insulin can afford it; and
- Have Congress investigate the cause of the price increases, and take action to ensure access.
As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, the health care system is extremely complex and flawed in the United States. We want to see transparency from all parties involved in the supply chain of insulin, and continue working to make sure the voice(s) of our community are heard by stakeholders in the private sector and public policy leaders. We believe in a future where every person touched by diabetes should have affordable access to effective therapies, anywhere in the world.
We are thankful and encouraged by the steps of Lilly Diabetes through their recently announced program with Blink Health where eligible people can realize a discount on their insulin purchases, and Novo Nordisk who has made a commitment to control future price hikes. These are positive steps and were taken in response to patient needs. However, more needs to be done, including a rigorous review of the other elements in the supply chain where transparency would be a useful element in this discussion.
We look forward to engaging in policy roundtables in the coming months that will explore sustainable solutions for providing life-saving medications for PWDs, and affordable care in general. Please get involved by sharing any support or personal stories through ADA’s website, to ensure our community’s voice is loud, and our needs are clear.