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Letters to the Editor

Drug prices becoming cost prohibitive

To the editor:

It’s no wonder medical costs for Americans are so high and keep rising. The drug manufacturers continue to rip us off while Congress allows them to make billions.

I used to live in Indianapolis where Eli Lily is based. They’re being praised for reducing the price of Humalog, an insulin, from $329 to $140. In 1996, when introduced, it cost $21. 

So after rolling back their 35 price increases on Humalog to sell it for $140, it will still be much higher than the $38 it sells for in Canada. I guess that’s one of the reasons Lily made a whopping $24.6 billion last year.

I keep trying to explain to my friends in Indianapolis why we have the most expensive health care in the world, but they keep sending the same Republicans to Congress.

Tom Minnerick

Elgin

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