Insulin dangerously expensive for Northwest Oregon patients, Congress finds
Life-sustaining medications for older Oregonians with diabetes cost federal healthcare nearly five times as they do in Australia, according to a new report done for U.S. Rep. Suzane Bonamici’s office.
A dramatic rise in insulin costs over the last two decades has created a crisis in the United States, according to the report, driving people to ration out their medications, sometimes with fatal results.
“No one should have to jeopardize their health or worry about affording food because of exorbitant prices for insulin,” Bonamici said in a statement. “Companies are charging much more for these critical drugs in the U.S. than abroad, hurting seniors and families in Northwest Oregon and across the country.