My name is Irmalinda Woodward and I’m from Lodi, California. I have diabetes and take two different types of insulin: Novolog and Lantus.
When I go to buy a box, I’m always shocked by the price. My out-of-pocket cost for a box of the medication is typically over $600. It lasts a few months, but I am on a fixed income and paying for the insulin takes a good chunk of my income. But the price of insulin has not been the only overwhelming cost. I was also prescribed a drug called Aurixya to improve my kidney function, and my doctor recommended that I take if for the rest of my life.
“I was forced to stop taking Auryxia because of the high price, and I was given a different medication that does not work as well.”
- Irmalinda Woodward
I was forced to stop taking Auryxia because of the high price, and I was given a different medication that does not work as well. My kidney function has declined quite a bit since. I’m 68 and I’m trying to enjoy my time in retirement after working for decades. But I spend a lot of my time carefully budgeting and worrying about the future rather than enjoying myself. I wish things were different, but for now, this is the way I must live. Californians should be able to access their necessary medications at an affordable price –– the price gouging needs to end.