With COVID-19, people with diabetes face the added risk of poorer outcomes if infected, creating an even greater urgency to ensure proper management of overall health and chronic conditions.

As a nation we’ve reached a tipping point as to what patients can bear when it comes to the price of insulin, a drug used to control blood sugar levels for people with insulin-dependent diabetes. Millions of people who need this life-saving medication face affordability barriers in the form of rising insulin prices and out-of-pocket costs.

A new RAND Corporation study found that insulin prices are more than eight times higher in the United States than in 32 comparable nations combined, while the average list price nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013 and doubled between 2012 and 2016.

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