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Protesters take anger over insulin prices to drug maker in Cambridge

October 8, 2019


BLAME ON THREE PHARMACEUTICAL
GIANTS. ANTROINETTE: THE LAST THING I
SAW WAS THEM CARRYING MY BABY
OUT IN A BLACK BAG LIKE SHE WAS
JUST A PIECE OF NOTHING. BEN: SINCE THAT MOMENT LAST YEAR
ANTROINETTE WORSHAM HAS CARRIED
A PIECE OF HER DAUGHTER’S
REMAINS WITH HER. ANTROINETTE: I ACTUALLY CARRY
HER ON MY KEY CHAIN JUST TO HAVE
HER CLOSE BY, I MISS HER SO
MUCH. BEN: UNTIL NOW, WHEN SHE WANTED
TO LEAVE THESE ASHES IN
CAMBRIDGE, AT THE FRONT DOOR OF
SANOFI, ONE OF THE
PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES WORSHAM
FAULTS FOR HER DAUGHTER’S DEATH. ANTAVIA LEE-WORSHAM DIED AT 22
OF DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS, CAUSED
BY A LACK OF INSULIN IN THE
BODY. AND SHE’S NOT THE ONLY ONE. NICOLE: HE GAVE HIS LIFE BECAUSE
HE COULDN’T AFFORD HIS INSULIN. BEN: THESE ARE THE REMAINS OF
26-YEAR-OLD ALEC SMITH.>>[CHANTING]
YOU CAN’T HIDE YOUR DRUG PRICES
ARE HOMICIDE. BEN: THE MOTHERS CAME FROM OHIO
AND MINNESOTA TO CAMBRIDGE TO
PROTEST THE SKYROCKETING PRICE
OF INSULIN, WHICH HAS MORE THAN
TRIPLED OVER THE LAST DECADE. NICOLE: THERE’S THREE COMPANIES
THAT CONTROL 99% OF THE INSULIN
MANUFACTURING IN THIS COUNTRY. THESE THREE COMPANIES, IN
— HAVE CONTINUED TO RAISE THEIR
PRICES. BEN: IT’S FORCED SOME LIKE
MIRANDA PIERCE OF BOSTON TO TURN
TO THE BLACK MARKET. MIRANDA: IT’S MORE THAN MY RENT
EVERY MONTH. IF I PURCHASE ALL OF MY INSULIN
THROUGH MY PHARMACY IT’S OVER
, $1000 PER MONTH. BEN: WHEN THEY GOT TO SANOFI’S
CAMBRIDGE OFFICE, POLICE TURNED
THEM AWAY.>>AS OF NOW YOU’RE ON PRIVATE
PROPERTY, AND YOU CAN BE CITED
FOR ARREST.>>I CAN’T GIVE THEM MY SON’S
ASHES THEY HELPED KILL MY SON? BEN: BUT THEY SAY —
>>[CHANTING]
WE’LL BE BACK. BEN: THEY’LL KEEP FIGHTING. SANOFI ISSUED A STATEMENT TO
NEWSCENTER 5 TODAY SAYING IT
DOES TAKE THIS ISSUE SERIOUSLY
AND IS EXPLORING WAYS TO REDUCE
OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES

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