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"Josh Wilkerson was alone, in the sleeping quarters above the northern Virginia dog kennel where he worked, when he suffered a series of strokes that would prove fatal.

He had aged out of his stepfather’s health insurance plan on his 26th birthday and eventually switched to over-the-counter insulin. Like many other diabetics his age, he could not afford the prescription brand he needed.

A few hours after taking another dose of the lower-grade medication that June day in Leesburg, Mr Wilkerson was in the throes of a diabetic coma – his blood sugar level 17 times higher than what is considered normal.

His death at age 27 illustrates the worst-case scenario for thousands of lower-income people living with diabetes in the United States who depend on over-the-counter insulin that – for $25 (£21) a vial at Walmart – sells for one-tenth of what the more effective version costs.

“It’s very hard,” said his fiancee, Rose Walters, 27, who, like Mr Wilkerson, was born with a congenital form of the disease known as type 1 diabetes. “How many more young type 1 diabetes patients have to die before something finally changes?”"

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Brillig

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It is irresponsible for retailers to be flogging that garbage.
It is ineffective at best and life ending at worst.
If you are poor, I guess it's better than nothing. Some people who take it don't die.

I have an RX for an Albuterol Inhaler for my asthma. I don't take it as often as I should because it is not covered by my insurance as there is no generic version, and it's expensive. I've been wheezing much more than usual recently, and I really need it. Tonight I was looking online for alternatives, but the company has a monopoly. This is a real situation for many people.
 

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