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Episode 113: Insulin Affordability, with Joe Barber

October 12, 2021

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Insulin affordability is a major issue across the globe. Joe Barber, a rep in the pharmaceutical industry, shares resources offered by all three of the major insulin manufacturers.

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Have a game plan for if you need insulin in an emergency. Plan ahead of time to learn the process, JUST IN CASE. 

Meet Joe Barber

Joe Barber, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, joins us to talk about insulin affordability. The major insulin manufacturers all offer programs to help improve access to insulin, but not everyone knows about them!

Joe Barber works in the pharmaceutical industry. He's passionate about science, people, and diabetes awareness.

He's also a longtime friend of ours from Panther Day Camp.

Connect with Joe on Facebook or send him an email. He's happy to talk about insulin affordability options.

Wins & Fails

Jessie was out for this interview, so I have the win, fail, and hack.

Colleen's Win: I recorded this episode way before its release, so this is old news, but I got my diabetes alert tattoo! 

Joe Barber, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, joins us to talk about insulin affordability. The major insulin manufacturers all offer programs to help improve access to insulin, but not everyone knows about them!

Colleen's Fail: My last three sensors have had cutting out incidents for no particular reason. So that’s fun. I can’t get Dexcom to replace them unless they cut out for 3 hours or more.

Hack or Tip of the Week

Joe talks about this in the episode but it’s good to say it multiple times—if you’re in need of insulin, go to the three major manufacturers’ websites for their affordability programs.

Joe Barber, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, joins us to talk about insulin affordability. The major insulin manufacturers all offer programs to help improve access to insulin, but not everyone knows about them!

Question for You!

Did you know about these different affordability options? I didn’t! Let us know in the comments what YOU would do if you had to find insulin fast.

Links & Resources

Credits

Our music is by Joseph McDade. Check out his website here!

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Colleen


Life coach, author, engineer, and host of the podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes. I teach T1Ds how to feel better without changing how they manage it.

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  1. Great podcast full of good information. My only comments is I was surprised after you asked the question about activism, that Joe did not mention t1international (https://www.t1international.com) and the awesome work taking place there including the Insulin For All initiative both at the US/WA State level (https://www.t1international.com/usainsulin4allaction/) as well as internationally. Yeah, pharmaceutical drug card programs work for some but certainly not for all. Plenty of info out there about how these programs fall painfully short of addressing the real issue. Regardless, I learned alot and thanks for all that you do!

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