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Endocrine Society Letter to Vice President Biden and Senator Sanders Presidential Campaigns on Insulin Affordability

March 12, 2020

To: Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Sanders

"The ability to safely generate large quantities of recombinant human insulin was developed and approved nearly 40-years ago. Yet, the price of insulin has tripled over the past 15 years even though the drug has largely remained unchanged during that time. Patients are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars each month. And, with nearly a quarter of these individuals living below the poverty line, patients are rationing their insulin and forgoing other necessities like food, rent, and other medical costs in order to afford their medication. This has led to serious health problems, unnecessary complications, hospitalizations, and even death."

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