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Expensive insulin

| Updated on January 19, 2018 Published on February 05, 2016

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Expensive insulin

More than 90 years after it was first discovered, and despite being listed as an essential medicine by the WHO since 2007, insulin remains expensive and beyond the reach of many with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, say experts writing in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal. “Insulin access is a complex challenge,” said author David Beran from the Geneva University Hospitals and the University of Geneva. “A wide variety of issues affect access including the global insulin market being dominated by three multinational manufacturers; import duties and taxes affecting the price in different counties; and mark ups in the public and private sectors.” The Review is stage one of the study, ‘Addressing the Challenge and Constraints of Insulin Sources and Supply’, led by Health Action International with Boston University’s School of Public Health and the Geneva University Hospitals and University of Geneva.

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Published on February 05, 2016
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