Last month, HuffPost reported on a new survey of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which shows how many working-age Americans skip doses of drugs because of high prices.
"Prescription drugs in the US are more expensive  expensive – often far more expensive than in other countries," writes Jonathan Cohn at HuffPost. "People without insurance can't afford them until even coated ones often owe so much expense to their pockets and deductions that they can't pay for their drugs either. "
In particular, insulin prices have increased in recent years, which has led many people with diabetes to skip the right medicine ̵
I often have to and I'm also waiting to buy my medicines on payday.
Melissa Musgrove, HuffPost reader
We asked HuffPost readers to share their stories about giving insulin and other diabetes medicines because of their high prices.
" It is always in the background knowing how quickly insulin deficiency can kill … death within possibly days and certainly weeks, "says Elizabeth Schaefer, a reader whose son has type 1 diabetes." It's an ongoing battle. " Her story was just one of dozens that paint a picture of difficult choices which many people with diabetes face. Some are forced to limit their food options, time potentially serious health risks and deal with medicines that are cheaper but not as effective.
Below are more first-person accounts from HuffPost readers (the answers were slightly edited for clarity):
" I have seen insulin and other medicines for over twenty years as a type 2 diabetic diabetes. rise and rise. Even with my insurance, the cost of my insulin, medicines, and related medical equipment, such as test strips (often a dollar for a test strip) and needles, takes a large share of my family's income, so I risk it. I missed insulin and pills, reused needles, bought discount needles (btw, cheap needles are dull when everyone goes out and causes bruises) to make sure my family's other expenses are covered. "- Regina Babcock  " I often have to wait and buy medicines on the day of payment. Which means I'll be out for a few days at a time or try to get her to …. I'm a lonely woman with a kid in college, and medicine is easily one of my biggest expenses. ”- Melissa Musgrave
" No devastating story, just add me to the list of those who can't afford insulin. I am a retired employee of the United States Civil Service Retirement System. "- Maribet Caldwell
" As a type 1 diabetic for over 30 years, I have gone through several sections where I would load insulin or miss doses because of the expense. For more than a year, I would limit my intake of carbohydrates to reduce the amount of insulin I should take. My lunch would consist of a glass of yogurt, as more than that would require me to use my precious supply of expensive drugs. A few years later, while working for a company that offered a flexible expense account, I liquidated my entire balance within a few months by buying insulin. At another point, my significant other has literally spent thousands of dollars buying insulin for me. ”- Brian Mishkovski
It is always in the background that knowing how fast can kill insulin deficiency.  Elizabeth Schaefer, HuffPost reader
"My son has diabetes from the age of 20, he is 28 years old now, with no insurance. He works full-time and still cannot afford insurance or medication. He skips his insulin shots regularly due to cost, and also does not use the right insulin, as prescribed by his doctor for cost. This causes him problems with weight control and his sugar levels are never low or high enough. He has been in and out of the hospital with pancreatic problems as a result. ”- Michelle, no last name given
You or someone you love, missed an insulin shot or was forced to ration your insulin for the price? Leave a comment below.
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