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Sugar shock: Insulin costs tripled in 10 years, study finds

Both yearly spending by people with diabetes, and cost per milliliter, up sharply – outpacing costs for other blood sugar medications

ANN ARBOR—People with diabetes who rely on insulin have seen the cost of that drug triple in just a decade—even as doctors have prescribed higher doses to drive down their blood sugar levels.

Meanwhile, the cost of other diabetes drugs has stayed about the same or even gone down.

The rise in insulin costs was so large that since 2010, the per-person spending on insulin has been higher than per-person spending on all other diabetes drugs combined.


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