NEVADANS SHARE THEIR STORIES AS NEVADA DEMOCRATS TACKLE HIGH COST OF DIABETES MEDICATION

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April 20, 2017

 

NEVADANS SHARE THEIR STORIES AS NEVADA DEMOCRATS TACKLE HIGH COST OF DIABETES MEDICATION

 

CARSON CITY - Yesterday, people from across Nevada came to Carson City for Diabetes Day to share their stories with state lawmakers about living with diabetes and the high cost of insulin. Diabetes affects 12% of Nevada’s adult population. An estimated one million Nevadans suffer from diabetes or are pre-diabetic. The cost of insulin rose an estimated 387% between 2006 and 2013. 

 

State Senator Yvanna Cancela (D - Clark County) and Senate Democrats have introduced Senate Bill 265, which seeks to control the high cost of insulin for Nevadans suffering from diabetes. SB265 would make pricing for diabetes medications more transparent and would require manufacturers to reimburse patients if drug costs exceeded certain standards. 

 

“We can no longer ignore the fact that diabetes is a public health crisis that affects hundreds of thousands of Nevadans. The cost of life-saving medications continues to explode, putting more and more Nevadans at risk of serious complications or death," said Senator Yvanna Cancela. "Senate Bill 265 will finally give patients some relief by forcing transparency in diabetes drug pricing and protecting them from inexplicable price increases.” 

 

Coverage of yesterday’s Diabetes Day at the Nevada Legislature:

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Families who live with diabetes lament medication high costs

 

KOLO: Nevadans visit legislature to support SB265

 

KTVN: Concerns about SB265 discussed at Diabetes Day Press Conference

 

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