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Diabetes advocates call for action as emergency insulin funding debate continues


August 15, 2019

Jerry Holt - Star Tribune file

A group of Minnesotans stood outside Shoppers Drug Market pharmacy in Fort Frances, Ontario, in May with three-months supplies of insulin they bought.

Many had told their stories at the State Capitol before: Parents worried about supplying diabetic children with medication; a woman who travels to Canada to buy insulin; the mother of Alec Smith, whose son died after rationing the drug.

Others shared their loss or struggles to legislators for the first time Wednesday at a Capitol roundtable. One man told how 47 days ago, 21-year-old Jesimya David Scherer-Radcliff died because he, too, rationed his insulin. Another woman described debilitating side effects she endures using $25 insulin from Walmart, because the alternative is $300 a vial.


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