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5 Out-of-Control Drug Costs

A one month supply of insulin cost $20 in 1996 — now it's roughly $300 a vial. That's just one of the drugs that's seen skyrocketing prices in the U.S. 💊

Drugs Prices Gone Wild

Back in 1996, the price for a 1-month supply of insulin was $21 — today, the same amount costs diabetics roughly $300 a vial according to the CSRxP. The price of which, on average, tripled between 2002 and 2013. One popular drug, NovoLog, increased in list price by 353% from 2001 to 2016. Insulin cost is a big reason the average annual per-patient spending on treatment for type 1 diabetes increased from $12,467 in 2012 to $18,494 in 2016.

The epinephrine auto-injector can save a life in the case of an allergic reaction. The cost of a 2-pack has risen from $93.88 in 2007 to over $600 in 2016 — a 500% increase in price based on data from Truven Health Analytics.

Albuterol, one of the oldest asthma medicines, was less than $15 a decade ago. Now it costs $50-$100 per inhaler according to the New York Times. A GoodRx analysis of cash prices for asthma inhalers shows that prices have climbed about 35% since 2013, from an average price of around $280 in 2013 to more than $380 today. The average cash price for one inhaler of Advair, a leading medication for asthma, increased from $316 in 2013 to $496 in 2018 – a 56% increase.

A tablet of Daraprim — a drug that treats dangerous infections in people weakened by AIDS and cancer — cost only $1 until 2010. Its price tag skyrocketed to $750 in 2015, thanks to infamous pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, as reported by Technology Journal.

In 2013, a 60-pill bottle of the arthritis drug combo Vimovo cost $138. The same bottle now costs around $2600 as stated on CNN / Drugs.com. Prescription drug expenditures have increased by almost $300 billion from 1980 to 2016 based on data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid service.

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08/06/2019 12:03 PMupdated: 08/06/2019 12:50 PM
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31 comments

  • Shaun W.
    08/06/2019 12:13

    Shocking. So if you're a poor diabetic living in the US, and can't afford insulin, do they just leave you to die slowly? (Serious question)

  • Jacob I.
    08/06/2019 12:38

    RUN TO CHRIST JESUS NOW..HE IS YOUR CREATOR..YOUR HEALER..HE DIED FOR YOU .SO SEEK HIS FAVOR.KNEEL PLEED YOUR CASE NOW..HE CREAT IN YOU A NEW PANCREAS..FAITH COME BY HEARING HIS WORD.ISAIAH 53 AND PSALM 103.READ THIS IS YOUR BEST INSULIN

  • Brut
    08/06/2019 13:04

    As drug prices skyrocket, many Americans living with diabetes struggle to afford life-saving insulin. That's why a group of patients with type 1 diabetes took a #CaravanToCanada to buy cheaper insulin and advocate for #insulin4all.

  • Sašo S.
    08/06/2019 14:55

    How come that we in Europe are paying 10× less for the same America made, Johnson&Johnson medicine as American people?

  • Wassi W.
    08/06/2019 14:55

    POPULATION CONTROL

  • Sharon A.
    08/06/2019 15:05

    The greed knows no end. The price of drugs they use to kill people through legealized assisted dying has jumped over 100% - and the doctors here complain they're not getting paid enough to take away a life with assisted suicide. Disgusting professions now - pharmacy and medicine.

  • Andrew P.
    08/06/2019 17:24

    Fun fact: insulin is still about $30 a bottle here in Canada.

  • Milind M.
    08/07/2019 03:58

    this is stupid, Go Canada 🇨🇦🍁😎

  • Jerome A.
    08/07/2019 14:38

    Cannibis oil is the answer insulin drug is business

  • Vicki R.
    08/09/2019 23:33

    Why aren't the insurance companies paying for it.........ridiculous. ....

  • Moni F.
    08/10/2019 02:37

    Come to America Samoa it's $10 for everything

  • Jerry S.
    08/11/2019 21:59

    How about three bottles of insulin and I have to pay what the insurance doesn’t

  • Jim D.
    08/12/2019 06:56

    Mr. Shkreli has a very punchable face.

  • Dennis F.
    08/12/2019 22:39

    Disgraceful..

  • Twila D.
    08/13/2019 01:13

    This is just wrong!!

  • Tamara R.
    08/14/2019 01:55

    That’s just awful!! So much greed!! How do they sleep at night seriously!!

  • Fran C.
    08/15/2019 02:20

    Something is terribly wrong !!!!

  • Steven S.
    08/17/2019 17:13

    Blame all your politicians for letting this happen.

  • Jim R.
    08/18/2019 01:23

    These people act like criminals because they are criminals.

  • Sheila A.
    08/18/2019 02:41

    why dont you stop it