- A lawmaker in the United States, James Talarico, has introduced legislation to cap the price of insulin at $50 a month
- Talarico, who was elected to the Texas State House of Representatives in 2018 to represent District 52, said he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago
- According to the lawmaker, he paid $684 for his first 30-day supply of insulin
A Texas state representative, James Talarico, has introduced legislation to cap the price of insulin at $50 (N19,052.50) a month.
James narrated how he almost slipped into a coma three years ago when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
According to him, he paid $684 (N260,638.20) for his first 30-day supply of insulin. He said some people paid over $1,000 (N381,050) a month while many died without it.
In his words:
"3 years ago I almost slipped into a coma and died. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I paid $684 for my first 30-day supply of insulin. Some pay $1000+ a month. Many die without it.
"Today I introduced legislation to cap the price of insulin at $50 a month. #txlege."
Tweeps soon flooded the comment section with their thoughts.
"I can’t believe how this is allowed in a first world country. I’m type 1 and in the UK we pay a nominal fee for normal prescriptions (£9) but for insulin we pay absolutely nothing. I go to the chemist and just say thank you very much and go home!"
"The idea of paying upfront for life-saving medicati*n is anathema to so many people here in the UK. We pay a small charge of about $10 for a prescription (waived if you’re pregnant, a child, a pensioner, unemployed, etc). But if you require regular medicati*n it’s often free."
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"You know what would be even better? Providing it for free via some form of National Health Service, or the like..."
In other news, a Nigerian lady identified as Olori Blessing Herry has taken to social media to solicit help as she is in dire need of N150,000 for an urgent surgery before the weekend.
The young lady with the Twitter handle @olori_blessing said she is hopeful that help would come her way.
In her words:
"I need 150k for an urgent surgery before weekend. I don't know how it will happen but I know God will come through, this pain is too much."