INDIANAPOLIS — A vigil was held right outside of Eli Lilly for those who died because of insulin rationing.
A group gathered Saturday evening calling for pharmaceutical companies, like Eli Lilly, to make life sustaining drugs, like insulin, more affordable.
T1 International organized the event and says the cost of insulin has risen by 1,200 percent since 1996.
Because of the rising drug costs, Josh Andrew Wilkerson, who was a Type 1 diabetic, had to ration his insulin, his family members say. He died three months ago when his blood sugar was 1,7000. Normal levels are normally less than 100.
“He had suffered multiple strokes while he was unconscious,” Erin Weavers, his mother, said. “His brain was fried so we had to choose to take him off life support.”
In a recent study conducted by Yale University, 1 and 4 people who have diabetes are choosing to ration insulin because they can’t afford the costs.
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