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Man Dies After Losing Health Insurance And Switching To Cheaper Wal-Mart Insulin

 
Jon Titor ™
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Man Dies After Losing Health Insurance And Switching To Cheaper Wal-Mart Insulin
Josh Wilkerson was alone, in 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, 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 a vial at Walmart - sells for one-tenth of what the more effective version costs.

Last week, the Trump administration announced steps to allow states to import lower-priced medication from Canada - a plan that could potentially include insulin.

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Re: Man Dies After Losing Health Insurance And Switching To Cheaper Wal-Mart Insulin
Josh Wilkerson was alone, in 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, 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 a vial at Walmart - sells for one-tenth of what the more effective version costs.

Last week, the Trump administration announced steps to allow states to import lower-priced medication from Canada - a plan that could potentially include insulin.

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Yeah...that's a LOAD of CRAP! First, the insulin is the exact same as sold in other pharmacies, it's from Novolin and you can buy it anywhere. Walmart does NOT have it's own brand of insulin so that is just a bold faced LIE!

and yes, the products work EXACTLY as they are supposed to. Now, depending on what type of diabetes a person has they might not should be using certain Novolin insulins (They have several) BUT to suggest Walmart in any way caused this mans death is outright criminal!

Ok...yep, it's buried in the story..he was type 1. They have special needs and the problem is not Walmart, it's that generic insulin is not available....

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Re: Man Dies After Losing Health Insurance And Switching To Cheaper Wal-Mart Insulin
Josh Wilkerson was alone, in 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, 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 a vial at Walmart - sells for one-tenth of what the more effective version costs.

Last week, the Trump administration announced steps to allow states to import lower-priced medication from Canada - a plan that could potentially include insulin.

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Re: Man Dies After Losing Health Insurance And Switching To Cheaper Wal-Mart Insulin
Lot of FUCKING IDIOTS ON THIS SITE.

The source link gets into great detail about the differences in insulin.

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Lot of FUCKING IDIOTS ON THIS SITE.

The source link gets into great detail about the differences in insulin.

READ SOMETHING FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIVES.
 Quoting: Jon Titor ™


You first!

I use Novolin insulin, both the 70/30 and the R so I've had to do a LOT of reading. As a diabetic I know that insulin levels, regardless what "brand" you are using are very tricky to get right.

You make one small error and you can have a low blood sugar episode. Not a fun experience. Of course you can go just the opposite direction too with tiny miscalculations and poor monitoring of your blood sugar levels.

There is nothing wrong with Novolin products, the main difference is they are not as convenient as some of the new ones in that you have to actually dose with a syringe.

I do know this, IF I died tomorrow from my diabetes it would not be Walmarts fault or anyone elses other than my own for having gotten this in the first place. Sure, type 1's are different but the key is always regimented monitoring of ones situation and taking appropriate action.
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Re: Man Dies After Losing Health Insurance And Switching To Cheaper Wal-Mart Insulin
the newer insulins like Lantus and Humalog are more effective than the older over the counter NPH and Regular insulins.

You get better control with Lantus, a much smoother insulin without so much of the peaks and valleys of NPH.

Humalog is a very fast acting insulin that is taken with CARBS. Much better than Regular insulin.

Now Lantus and Humalog are about 250.00 a bottle, and I use four bottles of Lantus a month, and about 3 to 4 of Humalog a month. do the math. it's criminal

me? I'm a TYPE ONE diabetic for FIFTY YEARS. Diagnosed in 1968
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