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Americans can’t afford the insulin they need—could it happen here?

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in one of the world’s richest countries

By Fiona Conner  

The high cost of medicine is killing Americans. More than a quarter struggle to pay their medical bills, making health care costs the leading cause cited when declaring personal bankruptcy—yet the current administration would like to see the rest of the world pay more for drugs.

On 7th May, a grieving mother attempted to highlight the issue of America’s soaring insulin prices at the annual shareholder meeting of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. In June 2017, Nicole Smith-Holt’s 26-year-old son Alec, who had type 1 diabetes, was found dead as a result…

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