Gov. Newsom: California will make its own insulin

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(NewsNation) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that the state will produce its own insulin to make the medication more accessible and affordable.

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The governor recently signed a budget that sets aside $100 million for the project, he said at a news conference Thursday. Of that, $50 million will go toward the development of low-cost insulin products and the remaining half will help fund a California-based insulin manufacturing facility, he said.

“Nothing epitomizes market failures more than the cost of insulin,” Newsom said.

Insulin prices in the U.S. have risen considerably over the past few decades. From 2002 to 2013, the average price per milliliter of insulin nearly tripled from $231 to $731, according to the National Library of Medicine.

“Many Americans experience out-of-pocket costs anywhere from $300 to $500 per month for this life-saving drug,” Newsom said.

The cost is much higher for underinsured or uninsured Americans. Between 2012 and 2016, the average annual out-of-pocket cost of insulin per patient with Type diabetes swelled from $2,864 to $5,705, according to the National Library of Medicine.

In March, the House passed a bill that capped the monthly cost of insulin at $35 for insured patients.

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