Bill would allow lower priced insulin to be imported - (Star Tribune via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Proposed legislation in the US would allow for the importation of low-cost insulin from Canada and other countries for patients with diabetes, as reported in the Star Tribune.

  • According to the American Diabetes Association, the average cost of insulin therapy nearly tripled in the US between 2002 and 2013.

  • A spokesman from Novo Nordisk said the drug company has not seen the legislation, but options are available for patients who need financial help to buy insulin at a lower cost.

  • "However, we recognize that more needs to be done across the healthcare system for people who are struggling to pay for medicine," said Ken Inchausti, director of corporate communications.

  • Eli Lilly and Sanolfi, who also manufacture insulin products, were not immediately available to comment on the news.

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