To the Editor:
Are you diabetic? Or do you happen to have friend or family member who has been diagnosed with diabetes? If so, you know how critical it is to have access to the wonder drug insulin.
Because access to insulin can literally mean the difference between life and death, the Illinois State Legislature recently mandated a cap on the cost of insulin at $100 per 30-day supply. The Governor signed it into law and now Illinois residents are protected from price gouging on this critical medication. You would think that every single state legislator would have voted yes on this bill. And you would almost be right. It passed with strong support from both Democrats and Republicans.
Our local Republican State Rep. Tom Demmer, voted no and our local Republican State Sen. Brian Stewart did not vote at all on this issue.
Wonder why? Check out who donates to their campaigns. You'll find big pharmaceutical companies generously support them.
Only three major pharmaceutical companies (Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi) make insulin and there is no generic version, so the companies can charge pretty much whatever they want. Should people lose their lives because they cannot afford a medication that is very inexpensive for the companies to manufacture?
At least in Illinois, the three companies can't get by with absurd markups on their medication.
Thank you to the legislators who care about their constituents and voted yes on this legislation.