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California plans to make its own insulin and sell it super-cheap. Really.

20 minutes

This year, the state of California put up $100 million to produce its own insulin, and sell it for cheap. How’s it going to work? (Is it going to work?)  

The price of insulin could be the starkest example of our out-of-control health care system: More than 7 million Americans need it to survive, and some die because they can’t afford it— medicine that’s been around for 100 years, medicine its discoverers didn’t want to patent. 

We look at how California’s plan came to be, and what might stand in the state’s way. 

Further listening:

Also, we mention our recent coverage of the legal and lobbying power of the pharmaceutical industry. That’s in our last episode, here: 

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