Parents Deliver Ashes of Diabetic Children to Price-Gouging Insulin Manufacturer


“Insulin products costs very little to manufacturer, but prices have skyrocketed in recent years. A vial of insulin that once cost around $25 now goes for about $400 to $500. The activists are demanding that Sanofi immediately lower the price of its insulin products by 90 percent.

…"Dr. Vikas Saini, co-director of the Right Care Alliance and an organizer of the protest, pointed to recent researchshowing that the cost of manufacturing insulin is so low that companies like Sanofi could drastically reduce their prices and still enjoy a 500 percent retail markup. Saini said insulin has been around for a century and costs about $5 to manufacture, so nobody should die from lack of access.

…"Under a for-profit health system, even people who have health coverage can find medicine unaffordable.

…"The three major insulin manufacturers have come under increasing pressure to lower prices as this crisis continues to make headlines. 

…"A class-action lawsuit filed in a federal court in New Jersey accuses Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi of acting like an insulin “cartel” and raising prices “in lockstep,” and the court recently granted the Type 1 Diabetes Defense Foundation permission pursue a parallel lawsuit against insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers for their role in the affordability crisis, along with manufacturers.”

Parents Deliver Ashes of Diabetic Children to Price-Gouging Insulin Manufacturer


A photograph from The Empire of the Eagle: An Illustrated Natural History, by Mike Unwin and David Tipling, which celebrates the world’s 68 eagle species in all their magnificence and beguiling diversity. These Steller’s sea eagles are found in eastern Russia, the north-western Pacific coast and Japan and have a conservation status of ‘vulnerable’.

Photograph: David Tipling/Yale University Press

(via The week in wildlife – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian)



So this was a couple of days ago, but it’s still worth posting in that it was said by the president of the United States …. in an interview …. and said in all seriousness. Here’s the exact quote:

“The Republicans don’t win and that’s because of potentially illegal votes. When people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles. Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again. Nobody takes anything. It’s really a disgrace what’s going on.”

~~Donald J. Trump interview with the Daily Caller, Nov. 15. 2018

This sounds like the words of someone who has never actually voted because it’s so wildly out of touch with how the process works.