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Outrage over the cost of the life-saving drug insulin has drugmakers scrambling, but Congress and the public demand a price cut

Outrage over the cost of the life-saving drug insulin has drugmakers scrambling, but Congress and the public demand a price cut
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Insulin is a decades-old, lifesaving medicine. But prices have increased so much that many Americans with diabetes cannot afford it.




The outcry has heated up lately, including with multiple inquiries from lawmakers and hearings.




Healthcare companies have responded with new programs to ease costs for certain patients and certain products. But critics say drug companies should just lower prices.




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Insulin is a decades-old, life-sustaining medicine.
And yet prices are so high that Americans with diabetes have been forced to take desperate measures, including rationing the drug.
This has been a problem for years. But the outcry has heated up lately, with lawmakers repeatedly — and increasingly forcefully — asking drug companies and other healthcare players at congressional hearings why insulin is so expensive.
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