November 8, 2016

Insulin Drug Prices At the Forefront of US Election

In the last week, Bernie Sanders has called for a federal investigation of the continuously rising prices of insulin, the critical drug for people with diabetes. Senator Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings crafted a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission pointing to a pattern where the three insulin makers have increased their prices in tandem for the last 20 years. They point to a possibility that the drug companies are price fixing (coordinating the rise of their prices) to take advantage of millions of Americans who need the drugs.

With three companies producing insulin, the expectation would be that the price of the necessary drug to drop, as a competitive market should lead to lower prices. However, the prices have not dropped, in fact they have risen at a very similar rate. Prices of directly competing brands going up by the same amount in similar time periods is a malicious practice called “shadow pricing” [1]

Insulin Prices

The drug makers defend themselves by stating that they don’t collude with their competitors, but react to the prices that they set. Furthermore, the products are not entirely substitutable, as there are small differences in reaction to each brand of insulin. Doctors are worried that the uncontrollable price hikes and the fact that more people are getting diabetes now will produce an environment that is even more detrimental to patients. There are other options to attain safe and affordable insulin, which many US patients are now using.

Bernie Sanders is active on Twitter to denounce drug companies like pointing out that many people have to choose between medication and other essentials.

[1] The Insulin Market is heading for a shakeup. STAT. Retrieved from https://www.statnews.com/2016/10/14/insulin-prices-generics/

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October 25, 2016

What is Diabetes and What Causes It?

Filed under: diabetes,Health,obesity — Tags: , , , , , — jpestano @ 3:22 pm

Type 2 diabetesDiabetes affects approximately 29 million American and 8 million of that total are unaware that they have this disease. Diabetes is a group of disorders that occur through high blood glucose levels. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 caused by the body’s inability to make insulin, and Type 2 as a result of the body’s inability to react to insulin. In the human body, the pancreas is responsible for producing the hormone insulin. This hormone is responsible for regulating the transport of sugars that have been broken down so the body is able to absorb them. When cells are unable to react to insulin effectively, it usually means that a person is going through insulin resistance. People with Type 2 Diabetes experience this problem in large magnitudes.

There are numerous reasons by which a person could be diagnosed with this condition. For instance, mutated or defected DNA could be the cause that the cells are not able to produce or stimulate the release of insulin. Also, obesity is another major reason for Type 2 diabetes. Consumption of foods that are highly processed and have large amounts of carbohydrates causes multiple spikes in blood sugar levels. This adds pressure on the body to use insulin to control sugar in blood levels. The links between obesity and diabetes is well-documented; it has been recorded that “90% of people living with type 2 diabetes are overweight or [obese]” [1].

[1] Your Weight and Diabetes. Obesity Society. Retrieved From: http://www.obesity.org/content/weight-diabetes

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