According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 100 million Americans had diabetes or prediabetes in 2017 and the rising cost of medication is making it difficult for people to manage.
That’s why Virginia US Congresswoman, Jennifer Wexton, is listening to people’s concerns in an effort to see how the high costs of diabetes medication is impacting the health of people. Congresswoman Wexton held a roundtable to hear from constituents, healthcare providers, and counselors about the long-term effects of these rising costs. Wexton says this issue is becoming close to a near-crisis point.
“People having to get amputations, things like that, and that shouldn’t happen. This is medication that has been aroud since the 1920’s, it seems like that there is a lot of price gouging going on, and this is life-saving medicine. We need to do better for these people,” said Rep. Jennifer Wexton, U.S. Congresswoman (D-VA 10th District).
According to a study done by the American Diabetes Association, people with Diabetes spend around $10,000 per year on diabetes-related expenses.