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Breaking: @SanofiUS will cut list price of best selling Lantus insulin by 78%.

Yes! This follows similar announcements by @LillyPad and @novonordiskus

I hoped this will happen and it has. This will help millions in America. @ZacharyBrennan…
List price reduction for Lantus starts Jan 2024.

Lillypad announced that it is launching a Lantus equivalent biosimilar at 78% discount to Lantus starting April 1, 2023. And it’s also interchangeable with Lantus.
Sanofi has already a Lantus authorized generic at 70% discount to Lantus launched last year. Let the price drops due to competition begin! It’s good for patients.

Read Sanofi press release: @sanofi…
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Pay or Die.
Premieres today @sxsw

The high cost of Insulin in America. #Insulin4all
@scottaruderman @SarahKSilverman @NSmithholt12
The film is powerful.
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Great discussion on insulin prices on @1a with @JWhitePubRadio

@aaronjkowalski, @UREssien, Rachael Dyer @PayorDieFilm

I welcome @LillyPad lowering insulin prices. Helps millions. Need major reforms to lower cost of other prescription drugs.…
Insulin prices are a symptom of a larger prescription drug pricing problem in the US.… Image
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Wow. This is huge. This is the real @LillyPad

Eli Lilly cuts insulin price to $35. An issue many of us have been advocating so hard for. #insulin4all…
The cap automatically applies to patients on private insurance.

The Inflation Reduction Already capped out of pocket cost to $35 for Medicare Part D recipients.

Huge: People without insurance will pay $35 if they sign up for Eli Lilly’s copay assistance program.
I hope all other insulin manufacturers especially @SanofiUS and @novonordiskus do the same.

This is just in time for @PayorDieFilm premiering March 11 and will shine a light on the huge amount of suffering patients have endured for years due to the cost of insulin.
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I am delighted that @PayorDieFilm will make its worldwide premiere @sxsw Film Festival! March 11.

This powerful documentary highlights the plight of Americans with diabetes dealing with the high cost of insulin. #Insulin4All @NSmithholt12 @SarahKSilverman
#PayorDie #SXSW2023
Insulin cost in America shines a light on how broken our healthcare and prescription drug pricing is.

If insulin can be priced high, then anything in healthcare can be priced high. Fixing this needs a lot more than band aids.
Take 5 minutes to read this article I wrote for @MayoProceedings

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I’m at an Access to Insulin Rally at the Utah State Capitol. Attendees want to make insulin more accessible by making it possible to get insulin without a prescription.
There are about 25 people here, many have type 1 diabetes or know someone who does.
“The lack of affordable insulin is a public health crisis.”
Stephanie Arceneaux is from T1International.
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Insulin will cost no more than $35 per month starting 2023 for Medicare beneficiaries thanks to the #InflationReductionAct

Unfortunately the $35 cap won’t apply to those on private insurance. It was blocked by a procedural move.…
About 1 in 5 diabetics needing insulin who have private insurance are estimated to spend more than $35 per month out of pocket for insulin and could have been helped.…
Over 400,000 people on private insurance /uninsured in the US were estimated to spend at least 40% of their income (outside of food and housing) on insulin costs.

I am not sure if that number is smaller or bigger now.…
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Once Medicare can negotiate, how much would I cut the list price of Top 10 drugs that Medicare spends a lot of money on?


Even if you slash prices by 90%, these drugs will still be far more expensive than in India (for same drug or generic).
Forget India.

Take Europe. For #1 drug on the list Eliquis look at cost difference below. You could cut the price by half and the drug will still be twice as expensive in the US. Why Medicare should negotiate.…
What about Revlimid the #2 drug we spend the most money on?

Well it’s about $18,000 a month in the US. $115 in India and you choose from ~18 generics.

But it’s not just India. See below.…
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While patients with diabetes may feel let down and disappointed there are some reasons for hope for lower priced modern analog insulins.

1) @CivicaRx a non profit drug manufacturer is working to manufacture insulin.
2) California announced it will manufacture insulin. @reoxoo…
3) The US plan to keep insulin price to $35 for Medicare beneficiaries is still intact. It is part of the historic healthcare reforms passed yesterday.
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Insulin. Moments ago. US Senate #Insulin4All
57 votes is more than I thought. But unfortunately it did not pass for those with private insurance. Needed 60 votes because of the point of order. Capping insulin to $35 is not going to happen for those with insurance.
Still hoping for a miracle. @DemFromCT — your comment gives me some hope.

Watching. More on insulin here.
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If you want to know how powerful Pharma lobbying is, look no further than insulin.#Insulin4All

Though insulin costs 10 times more than in other countries, is needed for survival in diabetes, despite countless articles written, let’s see how many oppose capping the price to $35.
Insulin prices compared to prices of other things we use as well illustrated by @lollydaggle years ago.

Some states have acted. have introduced the oxymoronic idea of “authorized generics”. But we need a national solution.
Insulin is the Achilles heel of Pharma and PBMs. There is absolutely no justification.…
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Pharma is really good at creating narratives with half-truths (or just outright lies) that narrow the policy space to their desired outcome.

So good that even @jacobin- a rare US socialist magazine-has accidentally repeated a few of their greatest hits. A (gentle) correction 🧵1
Let's unpack this:

"The sheer complexity of insulin production makes it financially unviable for generic companies. Thus, instead of generic insulin, we speak of biosimilar insulin — a biosimilar is a biologic drug that is extremely similar but not identical to the original." 2
First, generic insulin markets are 100% financially viable. I hate to be that academic that says "I have a paper on that" but…

We assume a 10% profit margin (which is more than average) & estimate costs at ~$3/vial for NPH + $5 for glargine. V. viable! 3
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This is not price increase for a newer more fancy and luxurious car over time. It's price increases of exact same insulin over time in the US. #Insulin4all…
This is not a more fancy insulin in the US. It's the same kind of insulin that's sold in other countries for much less, even by the same companies. @TheEconomist
If you want to know how on earth is this possible please watch my presentation here.
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When Medicare cannot negotiate this is what happens:

Revlimid price per month
~$4,500 in 2005
~$18,500 in 2022

This happens with numerous drugs. Not possible in any other country. @DavidP4AD…

Why would companies innovate when they can meet investor expectations by increasing the price of old drugs?

This pathway slows the number of innovative drugs are launched. Stopping this practice will lead to more innovation not less.
Happens with old drugs. Lifesaving drugs. From insulin and beyond. #Insulin4all
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“WE COULDN’T BELIEVE there were enough people to walk alongside them. One morning we woke up from an uneasy sleep and there was no more laughter…It mustn’t happen again. We can’t let it. We simply can’t let it happen again.”
Twilight Zone 1963 #NeverAgain
“California [will] make our own insulin at a cheaper price, close to at cost, and to make it available to all…
Because in California, we know people should not go into debt to receive life-saving medication.”
@GavinNewsom @CAgovernor #Insulin4all #Insulin
“Freedom is under attack in [Florida]… In California [we] still believe in #freedom. Freedom of speech. Freedom to choose. Freedom from hate. And the freedom to love. Don’t let them take your freedom.”
Newsom DeSantis ad #IndependenceDay2022

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Pat Cipollone: The rioters have gotten to the Capitol, Mark.

Mark Meadows: [Trump] doesn't want to do anything, Pat.

Pat: Mark, something needs to be done or people are going to die and the blood is going to be on your f—ing hands.

Liz Cheney: The night before #January6th, President* Trump instructed Mark Meadows to contact both Roger Stone and Michael Flynn regarding what would play out the next day.

#CassidyHutchinson: That’s correct. That is my understanding.

Cheney: Did Rudy Giuliani [seek a] pardon related to January 6?
Cassidy Hutchinson: He did.
LC: Did Mark Meadows ever indicate that he was interested in receiving a Presidential pardon related to #January6th?
CH: Mr Meadows did seek that pardon. Yes ma’am.
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“That could be their vehicle to impose a NATIONWIDE BAN on abortion—on the order of the U.S. Supreme Court… They will now wield [power] however they want…to change the country however they want without restriction, and you must do what they say.”@maddow

“What makes people think that this radical conservative Supreme Court…would allow Congressional law protecting #RoeVWade? I’ll tell you the answer: THEY WON’T…as long as we let these 6 conservative theocrats control our country…”
@ElieNYC @TiffanyDCross
“[Ben Wattenberg 1987 book says] ‘60% of fetuses that are aborted every year are white. If we could keep that 60% alive, that would solve our birth dearth.’ Does that sound like racism to you? And if it doesn’t, I want to know why it doesn’t.”
Jane Elliott
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“Dr. Eastman and President* Trump launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history. Their campaign was…a coup in search of a legal theory.”
Judge David Carter 3/28/22

#TrumpCoupAttempt #January6thHearings:
“I've lost my name [and] sense of security—all because a group of people…scapegoat[ed] me and my daughter Shaye, to push their lies about how the Presidential election was stolen.”
Ruby Freeman, former Georgia election worker
#LadyRuby #January6thHearings:
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“President* Trump…followed the course recommended by an apparently inebriated Rudy Giuliani—to just claim he won and insist the vote counting stop. To falsely claim that everything was fraudulent… Millions of Americans believed him.”

“The Trump campaign knew these claims of voter fraud were false; yet, they continued to barrage small dollar donors, encouraging them to donate to ‘The Official Election Defense Fund.’ @January6thCmte discovered NO SUCH FUND EXISTED.”

“I said to him: ‘Are you out of your f—ing mind?’ I said, ‘I only want to hear two words coming out of your mouth from now on: ORDERLY TRANSITION.’”
White House lawyer Eric Herschmann to John Eastman 1/7/21

@AccountableGOP 🐼 #January6thCommitteeHearings:
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“I made it clear I did not agree with the idea of saying the election was stolen…which I told [Donald Trump] was bullshit… The incumbent [cannot] stay in power based on its view unsupported by specific evidence there was fraud in the election.” Bill Barr
#January6thCommittee: “Did that affect your perspective about the election when Attorney General Barr made that statement?”

Ivanka Trump: “It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying.”

“Any legal jargon you hear about seditious conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to defraud the United States — all boils down to this: January 6th was the culmination of an attempted coup.”
Bennie Thompson

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It was easier for a 13-year-old boy to buy a rifle from a private seller at a gun show than to buy beer, cigarettes, porn, and lottery tickets. (🎥:#RealSports 2014)

Gun show loopholes still exist.

Senate Republicans won’t even vote to DEBATE safety laws.
“We are at a point [where] we are going to have to mobilize a greater movement… Until the redemptive power of the love for all of our children is greater than the destructive power of the love of our guns and money, [nothing] is gonna change.”@CoryBooker

“Women and mothers have political power… We need to use our voices and our votes [to] demand change, and if our lawmakers don’t act, hold them accountable— [the] unglamorous heavy lifting of grassroots activism.”
@shannonrwatts @SymoneDSanders @MomsDemand
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“Justice Roberts has said that the Supreme Court can self regulate. That’s simply not true. We’ve got one sitting Justice whose wife has been shown to have been planning the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6.”
@MondaireJones @RepMondaire @KatiePhang
“Justice Clarence Thomas [at AEI 5/13/22] bemoaned the leak of the SCOTUS opinion that will likely overturn Roe v Wade, [claiming] that when you lose trust in an institution, it changes that institution fundamentally.”
@KatiePhang @katiephangshow #RoeVWade
“Out of 75+ scholar citations, only 4 are women. Out of 90+ judge/justice citations, 5 are women. ‘Justice’ Samuel Alito cites HIMSELF 6 times. And this [SCOTUS opinion] would effectively govern the bodies of millions.”
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“We now have the evidence to support a story of the worst presidential political crime against the union in American history.” Jamie Raskin

@RepRaskin @January6thCmte @jamie_raskin #January6th
Laurence Tribe describes what “is being bandied about as the technique that they hope to use if they get Gorsuch and Kavanaugh and Alito and Thomas on board… to take the next election regardless of who wins.”

@tribelaw @JoyAnnReid @thereidout #TheReidOut
“In America, you have the right to seek the truth and speak the truth, even if it makes people in power uncomfortable… If Russian journalists [had such freedom] would they use it in the same way? Ask yourself that question every day.”
@Trevornoah #WHCD

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If you have time, please check out my talk on prescription drug prices.
I hoped we would do something. Some states have enacted emergency measures. But overall nothing meaningful has been done to lower the price of insulin in the US.
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