These drug prices are killing me.

My name is Michelle Rzeplinski and I’m from Pennsylvania. I am a disabled factory worker and a mother of two. I know the feeling of struggling to afford prescription drugs.

I was diagnosed with diabetes about ten years ago and my life has not been the same since. In addition to that, I also have a range of lower back issues, including sciatica, degenerative disk disease, and spinal stenosis. I can say it has not been easy. I am currently prescribed two different insulin shots, Metformin, and muscle relaxers just to name a few. These drugs are necessary for me to manage all of my conditions. My prescriptions normally cost about $90 a month, which is a significant amount on a fixed income.  

The cost of drugs has forced me to prioritize my needs. I have now resorted to taking the cheaper, less effective form of insulin because I can no longer afford the one that is prescribed by my doctor. Especially in the last 3 years, the costs have risen exponentially. These drug prices are killing me, both in the physical and the financial sense.

If my drugs were more affordable, my health would greatly improve. Lower prices would mean better access to the medications that are prescribed to me. I would also be able to get out of my house more and just enjoy life. Right now my budget does not allow me to do much outside of reading books and watching television. Lower drug prices would allow me to live a full life.

Drug prices must come down. Too many people face the hardship of affording medication and it’s not right. Without my insulin, I would die. This is literally a matter of life and death. We must act now!