[Ip-health] T1International Statement on Pharma’s Attempt to Block Minnesota’s Insulin Bill

James Elliott james at t1international.com
Wed Jul 1 14:22:39 PDT 2020

Hello everyone,

Please distribute far and wide. Above all, note the law is in force as per
the Governor's comments this afternoon.

T1International Statement on Pharma’s Attempt to Block Minnesota’s Insulin
Jul 2020, 8:58 p.m. in News & Statements
<https://www.t1international.com/blog/category/t1international-news/> by
T1International[image: Facebook]

T1International is outraged, though not surprised, to see pharmaceutical
companies once again put profit over human lives. On Tuesday, the
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) filed a lawsuit
the state of Minnesota to challenge the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability

T1International Charity Ambassador Nicole Smith-Holt shared her frustration on
Twitter <https://twitter.com/NSmithholt12/status/1278175273868034049>:
“Throwing up roadblocks to securing affordable insulin for the people of
MN, haven’t they taken enough innocent lives? How many more bodies are they
looking for? When are they going to realize we are not going to stop

The passage of the new law
named for Alec Smith, Smith-Holt’s son who died at age 26
<https://www.t1international.com/blog/2018/05/09/Nicoles-journey/> from
rationing insulin, was a significant win for patients in Minnesota. It
passed in April 2020, after months of hard work and difficult compromises
made by T1International’s Minnesota #insulin4all Chapter.

The law enables people with diabetes in Minnesota to access an emergency
30-day supply of insulin for a $35 copay. It also includes a plan to ensure
more sustainable affordability for people with diabetes who are uninsured
or underinsured, including those on Medicare and those with high copays.

The PhRMA lawsuit argues that the law takes property from the manufacturers
“without just compensation,” as though the billions of dollars these
companies extract from people every year, at the expense of their health
and financial stability, is not an injustice that demands action. For the
drug companies that produce insulin, the program that this law creates
would amount to a drop in the bucket compared to their overall revenue.
This lawsuit demonstrates the depravity of drug manufacturers that value
profit above all else.

At Governor Walz's July 1st Briefing Update
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy4Z-z3sedo>, Nicole spoke about the
pharmaceutical companies and their last-minute lawsuit, saying that the
industry is “putting profit over people and standing in the way of smart,
workable solutions.”

“These are the same people who have driven the price of insulin up simply
because they can,” Smith-Holt said. “…all Minnesotans should be disgusted
with this attitude.”

In Minnesota alone, the families of two patients have come forward to share
stories of loved ones who passed away due to insulin rationing. In addition
to Alec Smith, Minnesota resident Jesy Sherer-Radcliffe
away in 2019 at the age of 21. The Alec Smith Bill is a step in the right
direction, setting a clear way to support those who are struggling and
enabling a plan to work towards long-term solutions.

It is clear that the pharmaceutical industry can see only one thing - their
bottom line. Pharma can be sure that patients will not give up now. We will
not stop speaking out and we will not stop showing them the real price we
pay for their greed. This fight isn’t over.


T1International Trustee
Twitter: @t1international | @jandelliott

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