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Shkreli ordered to return $64M, is barred from drug industry

https://apnews.com/article/martin-shkreli-daraprim-profits-fb77aee9ed155f9a74204cfb13fc1130
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u/YourDamnRightItIs Jan 14 '22

MSM makes a big deal about this guy but it's a show. There's no movement on drug reform in the US. Insulin prices are still how much?

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u/the_busticated_one Jan 14 '22

Last time I checked, cash price for 10 days of insulin for my kid was $300. Granted, that's been 3 or 4 years, so I'm sure it's increased.

Literally, just the vial of insulin. That's not syringes, test strips, etc.

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u/thrilla-noise Jan 14 '22

and literally the same drug from the same factory in the same quantity is around $20 OTC in Canada without any insurance.

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u/ctruvu Jan 15 '22

walmart brand insulin is $25 and available over the counter, but they’re the only pharmacy to do so

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u/the_busticated_one Jan 15 '22

Yeah. That wasn't a thing when I got that price tag.

Also, there are different formulations of insulin. Some formulations work better than others in a given individual. And when you find a formulation that works, you stick with it as long as you possibly can.

Aside from that, there are also long acting and fast acting varieties, and type 1 diabetics who aren't on insulin pumps often need both types for optimum results.

Type 1 diabetes is a bitch.