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Morgantown Resident Takes Rx Drug Fight to Congress

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 6:36 PM EST
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - A Morgantown woman is taking the fight to lower prescription drug prices all the way to Congress.

“The only options we have as diabetics is to pay or die,” Morgantown resident, Mindy Salango said.

The average lifespan for a diabetic without insulin is 24-48 hours Salango said, and she knows this scary statistic all too well after being type one diabetic for almost 27 years.

This is why she’s calling on Congress and will speak before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Friday about the rising prices of prescription medication over the last 10-15 years.

It’s something President Biden implemented in his Build Back Better Act in hopes of lowering prices, even tweeting a thread recently about how the administration plans to do so.

Although Salango has health insurance, she still pays $350, and it used to be more.

“It was a struggle,” she said. “I did have to ration my insulin several times because I couldn’t make ends meet and I needed to keep the heat on or the lights on, so those were my choices and unfortunately those are the choices that a lot of West Virginians and a lot of Americans are making.”

At one point Salango remembers a vial of insulin costing $20-$25 without insurance, now the average bill for diabetics costs hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars every month. That’s why Salango says it’s not only important for the Build Back Better Act to help insured diabetics, but also those who are uninsured.

“We’re all one accident, one illness, one global pandemic, one layoff away from losing the insurance we have and being right back to having to pay $1200 a month,” she said. “That is what normally a diabetic would have to pay, because you have to have between three and four vials of insulin a month.”

With that, her message to Congress is clear.

“We cannot leave these people behind.”

Salango will speak in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Friday at 10 a.m. and it can be seen here.

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