I've reached out to Shane's cousin on Facebook, but haven't heard from her yet - she's got a lot on her plate.
Still, I wanted to post the story so that we could help Shane's family - and to prevent this from happening to another person.
Nobody should die in the United States, or in any other country because they lack the funds to pay for insulin, or don't have access to insulin.
|RIP: Shane Patrick Boyle
This is the link to Shane’s Obituary.
Cause of death: He couldn't afford his insulin.
From all accounts, Shane Patrick Boyle was a gifted writer and graphic artist, founder of ZineFest, Houston, a good son and brother, a kind and gentle man with tremendous talent and a giving heart.
Shane passed on March 18th, and according to his Go-Fund-Me Page, "Shane died because he was trying to stretch out his life saving insulin to make it last longer."
Because he moved, Shane lost his Rx benefits, was between doctors and needed insulin for his type 1 diabetes. Shane was waiting for his ACA status to be approved and was stretching out his insulin until he had enough money to pay for his insulin, and see a doctor to prescribe prescriptions.
My heart breaks for Shane and his family and I am so fucking angry!
Yes, antiquated insulins and far from efficient, but they most likely would have kept him alive.
Sidebar: Starting in May, CVS will offer Novolin R and Novolin N and Novolin 70/30 for $25, per 10ml bottle and without a prescription.
Insulin prices have increased exponentially and across the board, every quarter since 2002.
Insurance Companies and the middlemen increase the price of insulins and other drugs because they see dollar signs and people with diabetes pay the price, financially and in some cases, with their lives.
In the United States of America, people with diabetes are dying because while they have access to insulin at every drugstore, they can't afford the cost of the the insulin they require to stay alive.
Click HERE for a breakdown of diabetes costs around the globe.
All of us have received and given help to other people with diabetes in need.
Join The American Diabetes Association, sign the petition to make insulin affordable
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